Monday, April 13, 2015

MONDAY MAYHEM - The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1


How was your weekend? Well, now back to the grindstone! Feeling that mayhem feeling coming back! 
Well, here is some Mayhem I am sure you will enjoy to listen to. The next several Monday's I will feature my reviews from this book series!

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

By Mark Hodder
Narrated by Gerard Doyle
14 hours and 4 mins

Here is the book blurb from Audible followed up with the old style of when I did my earlier reviews on Audible!

Publisher's Summary

Sir Richard Francis Burton: explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman; his reputation tarnished; his career in tatters; his former partner missing and probably dead. Algernon Charles Swinburne: unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade; for whom pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin! They stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an empire torn by conflicting forces: engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier, and dirtier technological wonders; eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labor; libertines oppose repressive laws and demand a society based on beauty and creativity; while the Rakes push the boundaries of human behavior to the limits with magic, drugs, and anarchy.
The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack, and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End. Their investigations lead them to one of the defining events of the age - and the terrifying possibility that the world they inhabit shouldn't exist at all!
©2010 Mark Hodder (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

"My original review followed by with some additional review notes"

"This reminds me of a Sherlock Holmes mashup!"
What did you love best about The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack?
It was a strange way the book was laid out, but as it progresses through the sequence of the events and writing. It made sense and loved the approach of the author. The narrator certainly brought life to this book and incredible ways he approached each character and their voice personalities.

Who was your favorite character and why?
Actually Swineburne was an exquisite as the "I want to prove how useful I can be" for Sir Richard Burton

What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?
The way he brought each character to life with their personality and never missed a switch up in voice recognizing each of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Spring-heeled jack knew that his one decision to correct what he thought was correcting his family out come really started with him - or did it? Have to listen to see if you agree

Any additional comments?

Additional review comments:

So what I most enjoyed about this book was the characters. Gerard Doyle did an amazing job! This a series if I didn't have so many books to listen to but, will in the future. Will revisit them all! My favorite character by far is Swineburne (a comical Dr. Watson to Sherlock). Once you listen to the first you cannot help but get hooked to the series and hooked I mean for good!

Where you can find Mark Hodder:

Where you can listen to more of Gerard Doyle's work:
Audible (best know for the Eragon series)

Happy Listening

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