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  • Slippery Creatures

  • Will Darling Adventures Series, Book 1
  • By: KJ Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Summary

Will Darling came back from the Great War with a few scars, a lot of medals, and no idea what to do next. Inheriting his uncle's chaotic secondhand bookshop is a blessing...until strange visitors start making threats. First a criminal gang, then the War Office, both telling Will to give them the information they want, or else.  

Will has no idea what that information is, and nobody to turn to, until Kim Secretan - charming, cultured, oddly attractive - steps in to offer help. As Kim and Will try to find answers and outrun trouble, mutual desire grows along with the danger.  

And then Will discovers the truth about Kim. His identity, his past, his real intentions. Enraged and betrayed, Will never wants to see him again.  

But Will possesses knowledge that could cost thousands of lives. Enemies are closing in on him from all sides - and Kim is the only man who can help.  

Contains mature themes.

©2020 KJ Charles (P)2020 Tantor

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Great story, very poor narration 😕😕😕

I LOVED this story, but as usual KJ has chosen Cornell Collins/Matthew Lloyd Davies to narrate. Yes, it's her story and of course, the choice is up to her BUT I really do wish she would try someone else [although to be honest, that doesn't seem to have worked out too well for her sometimes in the past...Think of England for example 😒😒]. 1.5 stars only for the narration, so my overall rating for the story has lost a couple of stars I'm afraid.

It was a REAL STRUGGLE to finish this one, and that had nothing to do with the story and EVERYTHING to do with the narrator. Cornell Collins/Matthew Lloyd Davies seemed to switch between *coughs* accents for Will, anything from a West Country accent to a dour Yorkshire man...sometimes even in the same sentence, and it was either mumbled or spoken so quickly that you had trouble understanding him; his female voices are still non-existent and his Welsh accent for Maisie was laughable too. I was under the impression that Will came from Northants, so what happened to his Midlands accent...or is that an accent too far for Mr Lloyd Davies? 'Kim' was fine of course as an upper-crust Southerner, but the narrator's performance in this story has absolutely ensured that I won't be buying the audio of The Sugared Game or Subtle Blood. I try to avoid MLD like the plague now; just because he's good at upper crust English accents doesn't mean he's any good for regional accents...are you listening English authors??

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I read the book so went for the audio too!

The narrator is brilliant and I'm really pleased that it is the same one throughout the series. He's very talented with the different use of voices and tells the story well.

The *polite cough* naughty bits are told with passion (we all know why were here) and without embarrassment. He also has a beautiful speaking tone which lends to the production admirably.

I've collected the other two in the series (as well as the books) and the story itself is gripping. The plot perhaps a little simple if you are an avid crime reader but it's all about the characters in these books by KJ Charles. I've started reading 'The Magpie Lord' series too, which I do enjoy but not half as much as this series of Will, Kim, Phoebe, Maisey and the Messer.

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Alright

Nothing special though entertaining. The narrator should keep his hands of the mic while recording. The noise it makes is distracting.

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Dramatic tale of the ebb and flow of emotions and passion caused by disillusionment, despair and treachery between the MCs. Excellent narration enhances the action. Good start to the series. ENJOYABLE

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Sadly, rather tedious

I was disappointed with this audiobook on two levels. Firstly, the story plot was tedious and messy. Secondly, Cornell Collins narration was not up to par. His upper-crust accents were delightful as always, but Mr. Collins seems to be a one-trick pony when it comes to accents.

The character of William Darling was from Northampton. For those who don't know, this is in the West Midlands, UK... close to Birmingham. The accent is a very particular kind of drawl, which as Mr. Collins didn't attempt. He should have stopped there and given a basic RP accent. However, the accent he did give Will was DREADFUL. Not only was it unattractive and incorrect - a cross between Yorkshire and West Country, but he also spoke VERY fast when narrating Will's lines, which made them sound garbled. I couldn't even change the narration speed on my device to make him audible, as it would slow the whole production.

All in all, I just could not take to Will as a character. He made little sense to me and his actions and reactions bugged me. The plot was so drawn out, centering around a book shop and the consistent visits from ruffians and the War office looking for 'THE INFORMATION'. I got bored very quickly but persevered for the love interest, but sadly, even that couldn't detract from the rest of the book. Shame. I really hoped this would be as good as Simon Feximal or the Green Men books.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 24-07-20

good yarn

The timing of a book that doesn’t glorify war is spot on. I was expecting a romance with some action. This is mostly a mystery. A broke world war 1 veteran, Will, inherits a bookstore and a pile of trouble via a wayward package. Hijinks ensue. The least bad person coming after the package is Kim, who comes from money.

Normally I don’t root much for characters who are stubborn just to be stubborn, but I was fully rooting for Will & his stubbornness the whole time because he wasn’t wrong to be so stubborn. I only wish he was more stubborn about carrying his knife. Kim was a chaos generator and kind of irritating. This might be because the story has a single POV from Will, or it might be because Kim’s a secretive guy with trust issues who never really worked with Will, only adjacent to him. I was unable to tell if they were working together by the end. I would have enjoyed it more if I could have.

I think the mystery was pretty good. Clues and action came along often enough to keep the plot moving, the stakes make sense, and the conclusion was satisfying.

But the romance barely reaches infancy by the end of the book because Kim is a secretive loner whose motives are murky to both Will and the reader. Having just re-read the Magpie series, again, where the romance is solid by the end of book 1, I was a little thrown here. I’m not sure if it’s entirely fair to be disappointed in the romance because I can’t tell if it’s a matter of false expectation on my part. Kim & Will spend this whole book working independently, hoarding secrets from each other, then playing catch up. Sometimes this makes sense. Sometimes it’s annoying. We mostly know they’re “good people at heart” because their friends think so, but their friends are few and rarely in scenes. While I don’t think the guys will sell each other out, they are a long way from being a couple that collaborates. I need see Kim & Will deliberately work together more before I will believe that they’ll have a reliable future. I like the author so if this is a series, I’ll keep reading despite finding the romance more frustrating than not.

Steam: Med Low. There’s some M/M shenanigans on page but less than average. There isn’t a great deal of emotional intimacy either, which makes what is there a little flat.

Narration: I remain a fan of this narrator’s work. It’s easy to follow. I think there’s a slight hiss to the background.

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  • ClinD2002
  • 10-01-21

meh*********spoilers*************************

so its with heavy heart that I give the story a low score, the reason why is the way the story progressed, it began great, in fact there were a few moments I actually threw my hands in the air and screamed "YES"! finally a gay character who wasn't a female with a mans name, so many authors....unfortunately they are all women, write gay romance as straight romance and just change the main characters name to a mans name, in all other aspects the character acts and behaves like a woman, this was one of the only gay romance, and ive read a few=P that actually made me believe the Will was a man and not a female character with a mans moniker, this changed unfortunately when will threw himself back into kims arms, being gay back than, I wasn't, but I know the fear of hoping people don't find out, if someone had basically proven that they used me under orders of the secret serivce for the government, and honestly at that point that's exactly what Will Believed .....especially a strong male GAY character from the 1920's, there would be no way on gods green earth that id go back to the person, especially a lord who had pretty much just proven he may have used my sexuality in a bid to blackmail or sway my mind...…...the betrayal itself to a gay man in the 1920s would have been enough to leave the city ….or at the very least NEVER wanted to have contact with Kim every again, it should have been Kim who had to move heaven and earth to win his trust back, and than betraying Will AGAIN?!?! ………..im sorry but wills character would NOT have threw himself back at Kim...…...where this sticks in my craw is that, that would have been perfectly normal behavior for a woman in a straight relationship, there would have been nothing stoping a woman from seeking kim out again, it would have been romantic and spontaneous and hopefully optimistic, when it's a gay man in the 1920's that changes...will had Everything to loose...in a horrible embarrassing and socially catastrophic way that could have put him in prison, and more than likely killed, men arrested for being gay did NOT live a happy life, SOO in conclusion the blaise faire way in which he just happily and with out a second thought throws him self back at Lord Kim(whos gay behavior could have been forgiven as he was acting to save queen and country)is absolutely un believable......that's the unfortunate thing that a lot of female authors don't get is that even today being outed and just being a gay man is a BIG dangerous deal, and NO gay man takes being outed as a no big deal kinda thing. being gay is dangerous even today.

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  • Paul Grooms
  • 16-07-22

If lord Peter Whimsy was gay

Set in the same time period, a decamped soldier from WW1 is facing hard times when luck changes with an uncle taking him in and soon leaving him a used book shop. Quickly strange occurrences and people come to him in search for information he is not aware he may have. A handsome lord comes to the shop and eventually becomes involved with helping the shopkeeper unravel the mystery. Plenty of plot twists, flushed out characters, ( graphic M/M sex) satisfying ending.

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  • cabc
  • 19-09-21

Fun plot and fun characters!

Loved this story. It was so interesting, with a little mystery, a little spice and lots of suspicious characters. And the narrator is one of my favorites!

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  • Phx17
  • 16-08-22

Espionage and intrigue

This was more understated than the author’s other books, both with the MM romance and the action.
But, between Cornell Collin’s fabulous narration and the wonderfully murky plot, I had a great time trying to figure out the mystery and trying to tell the good guys from the bad. It’s very satisfying to have complex, flawed, and shady characters to liven up what could have ended up as just another MM love story. Indeed, I’m not entirely sure I count this as romance. It’s much better as a wicked tale of period spycraft.

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  • Olivier Dunrea
  • 06-04-22

GREAT STORY!

I have listened to a number of books written by K. J. Charles. Of them all, this is, by far, the best of the lot. The story is fast-paced, doesn't get bogged down into too many graphic sex scenes, and the characters are truly likable, especially Will. I have gone on and bought the next two books in the series in anticipation that they will be just as good. Cornell Collins's narration is pitch perfect. He brings each character into sharp focus and his voice somehow matches the tone and time period of the story. I highly recommend this book to any listener who has a penchant for sympathetic characters and a good mystery.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-03-22

Enjoyed this Story

And look forward to the other books in the series. The main character is clever, brave and living during an interesting time in history. The narration is very good and a great match for the story.

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  • ShannonVM
  • 13-03-22

Entertaining but a little confusing.

Story 3.5*
Cornell Collins is such a fantastic narrator, I really enjoy listening to books he narrates. He does a wonderful job differentiating all the different characters, and in this book there were a lot of characters!
I like the story, but to be honest, it was confusing at times trying to keep up with the mystery. I found myself a little lost in the middle, trying to keep up with it all, but it came together in the end.
This is definitely higher on the suspense, than the romance. I wish I liked the romance aspect more, but Kim irritated me for the most part, coming and going as he pleased, without much consideration to Will's feelings. I really liked Will and felt like he deserved better from Kim. I'm invested enough in these two, though, that it's on to the next book!

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  • Leigh
  • 29-12-21

Great New Series

I loved this story so much! Kept me engaged throughout. I am going to get the second book right now and hope there will be more in future!

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  • james hanson
  • 28-11-21

Loved this book

Story , plot, characters all very well done ! This series is grippingly suspenseful and a fun !!
I could listen to Mr Cornell Collins read the phone book , brilliant narration !!