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The Poison Machine
- Narrated by: Dan Calley
- Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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London, 1679 - A year has passed since the attempt to murder King Charles II, but London is still a viper's nest of rumored Catholic conspiracies, and of plots against them in turn. When Harry Hunt—estranged from his mentor Robert Hooke—is summoned to the remote and windswept marshes of Norfolk, he is at first relieved to get away from the place.
But in Norfolk, he finds that some Royal workers shoring up a riverbank have made a grim discovery—the skeleton of a dwarf. Harry is able to confirm that the skeleton is that of Captain Jeffrey Hudson, a prominent member of the court once famously given to the Queen in a pie. Except no one knew Hudson was dead, because another man had been impersonating him.
The hunt for the impersonator, clearly working as a spy, will take Harry to Paris, another city bedeviled by conspiracies and intrigues, and back, with encounters along the way with a flying man and a cross-dressing swordswoman—and to the uncovering of a plot to kill the Queen and all the Catholic members of her court. But where? When?
The Poison Machine is a brilliantly imagined historical thriller that will delight listeners of its critically acclaimed predecessor, The Bloodless Boy.
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I really enjoyed book 2. Not as many side plots as the previous book, great! Didn’t like the narration though.. although the voices were very good, everything else was spoken very dead pan.. good job the story was so intriguing otherwise I’d have given up
Monotone narration, with little to no differentiation between characters. Flat narration lacking proper emphasis during action scenes.