Narrator: Chris Davenport, Colleen Delany, David Harris, Dylan Lynch, Eva Wilhelm, Ken Jackson, Kimberly Gilbert, Laura C. Harris, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Matthew Keenan, Nanette Savard, Richard Rohan, Scott McCormick
Published by Graphic Audio on 21 September 2015
Length: 6 hours
Source: Publisher, Submitted
Ishmael Jones is someone who can’t afford to be noticed, someone who lives under the radar, who drives on the dark side of the road. He’s employed to search out secrets, investigate mysteries and shine a light in dark places. Sometimes he kills people.
Invited by his employer, the enigmatic Colonel, to join him and his family for Christmas, Ishmael arrives at the grand but isolated Belcourt Manor in the midst of a blizzard to find that the Colonel has mysteriously disappeared. As he questions his fellow guests, Ishmael concludes that at least one of them – not least Ishmael himself - is harboring a dangerous secret, and that beneath the veneer of festive cheer lurk passion, jealousy, resentment and betrayal.
As a storm sets in, sealing off the Manor from the rest of the world, Ishmael must unmask a ruthless murderer before they strike again.
© 2015 Simon R. Green. All rights reserved. Recorded with Permission of the Author. ℗ 2015 The Cutting Corporation. All rights reserved.
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Ishmael is invited to a Family Christmas party event by “The Colonel” an enigmatic man that he works for in the elusive “Organization. Ishmael does the things that are needed to be done but he does them on his own terms. Ishmael has been around a very long time. But that is Ishmael’s story to tell. The Colonel has been protecting Ishmael since he has been working for the organization. Ishmael is invited to the Colonel’s home for reasons that the Colonel said would be explained when he arrived. Just get to the Colonel’s family’s very rural and isolated estate. Ishmael is a good operative and does as he is asked.
Ishmael arrives in the middle of a snowstorm. He meets the Colonel’s father Walter Belcourt and stepmother Melanie Belcourt, Penny Belcourt, The Colonel’s biological mother Diana Belcourt, her unique younger friend Sylvia Herron and a cast of others. Ishmael also is greeted by a very odd Butler Jeeves. This is the point where it feels much like the Agatha Christie novel” And then there were none”. This is a very well written and enjoyable Simon R. Green story. He follows the standard plot line and makes it very enjoyable with his Ishmael Jones character. The author weaves the main character’s back-story through the lives of all the various characters in this drama as it unwinds to a truly enjoyable dramatic conclusion.
This story does an excellent job of holding the listener’s attention throughout the entire production there is plenty for The Listener to enjoy due to the fact there is more than one narrator. This is a standard feature in most of the audio productions produced by graphic audio. Their tagline is a movie in your mind. This is enhanced by the different features in their audio productions with great sound effects and larger casts with more voices which does a lot to hold the listener’s attention, especially when it’s a very good story.
The narration in this audio production was provided by more than one narrator. The person who narrated Ishmael Jones, the main character did a fantastic job. He had just the right tone and style for this character. The character of Penny, the second lead of the story was also spot-on perfect. The secondary characters were all very good. The casting for this audio production was excellent. The great narration from the diverse cast made for a truly memorable and enjoyable listening experience for this audiobook. The production value on this audiobook was of the highest quality due to the fact that this was not a standard audiobook. This audiobook had a larger cast and background sound effects adding to a higher quality different listening experience. There are also no detectable flaws in the audiobook production. There is no hissing, buzzing, or humming sounds. The entire performance was crisp and clear during the entire production.
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