Title: The Cryptic Lines
Author: Richard Storry
Audiobook Narrator: Jake Urry
Publisher: Richard Alan Storry
Length: 4 hrs and 13 min (unabridged)
Audio Release Date: March 16, 2016
Set in a sprawling gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death. Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem – the cryptic lines. If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles he will inherit the entire estate; but if he fails he will receive nothing. However, from Lord Alfred’s Will it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears…
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The sweet revenge of death; when a father passes away, but his bitterness towards his son lives on. Matthew is given one last shot of redemption with his late father’s challenge spelled out for him in his last will and testament and if he wants to see a penny of his family fortune he must accommodate the demands. This story takes you on a journey to the dark depths of unspeakable places as he finds clues that will hopefully lead him to proving himself worthy of the family name. The adventure is tantalizing and suspense-filled and the ending is epic and jaw-dropping. The pieces all start to fit together as the scavenger hunt comes to an end, but with so many twists at the conclusion, it had me a little dizzy. I would rate this story maybe 3.75 out of 5 stars.
The accent was a bit distracting at first, but grew on me as the suspense grew. I had started listening to this audiobook and ended up more so hearing the accent, than paying attention to listening to the words. The narrator started off with a bit of an eerie feel and then grew more dramatic as the story unfolded and started to unravel its’ secrets. The narrator was gripping and complemented this story very well. I’d rate this narrator four out of five stars.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jake Urry. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Richard is the author of four published novels, with his fifth “A Looming of Vultures” due for publication in 2017. Prior to writing his first novel, “The Cryptic Lines” he was very busy in the theatrical world: He composed the incidental music to Chekhov’s Three Sisters, seen in London’s West End, starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Eric Sykes, and subsequently broadcast on BBC4 television. His musical adaptation of “The Brothers Lionheart” premiered at London’s Pleasance Theatre, followed by a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival where it was voted Best Childrens’ Play. “The Cryptic Lines” has now been adapted for both the stage and screen.
Jake Urry is a British actor and audiobook narrator, and also co-founder of Just Some Theatre. Since graduating from an Acting degree course in 2012 he’s toured with Just Some Theatre as an actor and producer, worked on a number of commercial voice over projects and most recently started producing Audiobooks. Jake has produced over 10 titles since March 2016 and has rapidly found himself at home narrating Thriller, Horror, Mystery and Suspense titles. His audiobook work includes dark psychological thrillers White is the Coldest Colour and Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl, occult mystery series The Ulrich Files by Ambrose Ibsen, and gritty Sci-Fi novel Shadows of Tomorrow by Jessica Meats.
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