#SpooktasticReads Audiobook Review | “A Nest of Vipers” (Ruritanian Rogues series, No.2) by Richard Storry, narrated by Jake Urry [an audiobook I began during #FraterfestRAT]

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Acquired Audiobook By: I started to listen to audiobooks in [2016] as a way to offset my readings of print books whilst noting there was a rumour about how audiobooks could help curb chronic migraines as you are switching up how your reading rather than allowing only one format to be your bookish choice. As I found colouring and knitting agreeable companions to listening to audiobooks, I have embarked on a new chapter of my reading life where I spend time outside of print editions of the stories I love reading and exchange them for audio versions.

By hosting for Audiobookworm Promotions, I’ve expanded my knowledge of authors who are producing audio versions of their stories whilst finding podcasters who are sharing their bookish lives through pods (ie. AudioShelf and Talking Audiobooks in particular). Meanwhile, I am also curating my own wanderings in audio via my local library via Overdrive for their digital audiobook catalogue whilst making purchase requests for audio CDs. It is a wonderful new journey and one I enjoy sharing – I began to expand the percentage of how many audios I listen to per year starting in 2018.

Through hosting with Audiobookworm Promotions, I crossed paths with Mr Urry, as my first audiobook review was for “The Cryptic Lines” – a story I listened to at least four times, as I was simply captivated by both the story and the narrator! This was back in [2016] and in this small frame of time, Mr Urry has remained my favourite narrator of Suspense – although my short-list now includes Moira Quirk (of Anna Blanc series) and Alison Campbell (of Kay Hunter series) – as well as the other lovely narrators I mentioned in this tweet s/o of narrator appreciation!

In early 2018, Mr Urry approached me about considering his titles for review – I was able to select which titles interested me, even though I think he knew I was keen on hearing the next installment of this particular series (Ruritanian Rogues) as I enjoyed the first story and was interested in seeing what the next chapter would reveal. In regards to my second choice, I wanted to try a different kind of Suspense story which was slightly unique in concept and plot direction which is why I selected “The Tesla Gate”. This marks my first review working directly with Mr Urry – as I have three planned to be featured during #SpooktasticReads Year II with a fourth following suit in early November.

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of “A Nest of Vipers” from the narrator Jake Urry in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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What I loved about ‘A Looming of Vultures’:

aside from my obvious appreciation of: Storry & Urry!

It surprises me not, this story begins with a dash of prose – of poetic insinuation to set the tone of the story yet to be told. Storry has a curiously instinctive way of placing you exactly where you need to be at the beginning of his stories – of enveloping you in the ominously unknown setting you’ve not yet had a proper glimpse of but one you can feel is lurking there – slightly shadowed and held back from your direct observation; lingering a bit to give you a fuller breadth of why this story needs to be one you must hear. He builds the curiosity by slowly shifting your perspective into his world-view – combined with the gentle nudging by Urry, to guide you within these realms, whose voice is as alluring and addictive as your favourite actor whose transformation confirms the role he’s taken on – the stage is magnificently set for your immersion.

There is a metaphoric overlay about vultures – of their creature specific personalities and how they appear in the sky, as their flights are of particular choosing – where only their motivations for going where they go is not as well known to those who observe them. They seek their own way, of choosing to visit certain places for specific reasons – whether to eat what was left behind for them to consume (as they were scavengers; part of the team of the nature’s world band of undertakers) or whether their presence was needed for something else entirely. They had keen minds, nothing escaped their attention, where their olfactory senses were intensively attuned to their environment.

With reasons to avoid human encampments – it was curious to find one such creature was more daringly moving in circles of closeness to where the humans were already gathered. His patience was part of his fortitude, his mannerisms held their own truths but his eyes drank in everything moving in front of him; to be dissected for what it would yield for his own means of enjoyment.

There are a lot of layers to this story – as you peer into each of them, you start to see things differently than what you first hear the first time round. However, having said this – one of the joys is observing the thief – the gull this person has at keeping their promises to carry out their plans, but also, how passionate they are in being able to carry off whatever they deem is worthy of their time. One of my favourite scenes was actually a moment where the thief was nearly found out – because it showed the other side of thieving – of how close one can become to being caught! Mind you, this person is so blinded by their pursuit of what they want – they can’t process any other observation on their actions!

I truly loved how Storry makes this an immersive experience for the reader – you get to feel guided a bit by how he’s setting everything up to be followed in direct pursuit of his characters, but there are moments where even the characters themselves are not as certain about where they are going – as they have to move through their setting as if visiting it for the first time, to navigate themselves out of it. There is a particular moment where you felt most intrigued for how little elements are knitted into the background each step of the way, as there are remnants of the historical era of this story here and there; little touches of grounding you in a time-line which makes sense for the general awareness of ‘when’ we’ve been transported.

And, in regards to Mr Urry’s narration:

This is dearly theatrical because you get caught up in the height of how each character is presented – they are so very well attuned to their distinct personalities, you can listen to how they are dimensionally being portrayed. In this kind of performance it is easier to alight inside the narrative because you can see each of the characters in turn, their voices altering between each other and this never sounds like a novel being voiced by one narrator. The joyful bit is unravelling the plot through what your listening too – as Mr Urry gives such depth to everyone he’s portraying as it automatically thickens the plot because your feeling your way through the story the same way you do as your reading a book in print. This is why I love listening to how he narrates his stories!

-quoted from my review of A Looming of Vultures

I still lament: I’m addictive to listening to Urry’s voice and I am musefully happy to see what Mr Storry is going to write next because his stories are a brilliant match to Urry’s narration.

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#SpooktasticReads Audiobook Review | “A Nest of Vipers” (Ruritanian Rogues series, No.2) by Richard Storry, narrated by Jake Urry [an audiobook I began during #FraterfestRAT]A Nest of Vipers
Subtitle: Ruritanian Rogues, Volume Two
by Richard Storry
Source: Direct from narrator
Narrator: Jake Urry

A string of unexplained, gruesome deaths brings fear and uncertainty to the streets of Ruritania’s capital.

And it could not have happened at a worse time. The planned visit by the Vice Chancellor of Jermania to commence peace talks is thrown into jeopardy. Will all the preparation for the negotiations come to nothing? Will the brutal war between the two nations escalate once again?

Meanwhile, the spate of thefts from wealthy homes continues. Who is responsible? And how can they be stopped?

And who is the mysterious figure who continually gains illegal access to the city apothecary?

With many conflicting and intertwining agendas, this proud and noble city faces the very real danger of becoming a nest of vipers.

Genres: Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller Suspense, Suspense


Places to find the book:

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ASIN: B078WXYG4G

Also by this author: The Cryptic Lines, A Looming of Vultures

Also in this series: A Looming of Vultures


Published by Self Published

Format: Audiobook | Digital

Length: 5 hours 5 minutes (unabridged)

Published By: Cryptic Publications

Ruritanian Rogues series:

A Looming of Vultures by Richard Storry (audiobook)A Nest of Vipers by Richard Storry (audiobook version)A Shroud of Darkness by Richard Storry, narrated by Jake Urry (audiobook)

A Looming of Vultures | Book One
(see also Review)

A Nest of Vipers | Book Two

A Shroud of Darkness | Book Three

A Betrayal Of Trust | Book Four

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my review of a nest of vipers:

Similar to how we began listening to A Looming of Vultures, our entrance into A Nest of Vipers is inclusive of the animal kingdom – where animals who are generally unseen and non-important to other stories, take a more central focus due to the overlays of the darker elements rooting themselves from the background of this world into the foreground of where we, as readers, need to understand the malice seeking to insinuate itself into the lives of these dearly unsuspecting persons we’re about to meet.

Subterfuge ought to be expected but it is still a rather telling story how Storry inserts us through his villain’s perspective long before he allows us to seek out a person whose actions are not as darkly lit against their fellow neighbours. In other words, he wants you to see the Darkness of this world because by all other accounts, it is a world torn by war and yet, consistently attempting to re-acquire a peaceful tranquility of calm. This isn’t a world where you can understand it without the layers being explained – there is a lot of movable parts to the back-layers of what is trucking through the series. Like most world’s – the order of power and the issues of power are centered against the crimes of the hour which are wrecking havoc and causing duress with the citizens.

As the story peers into the Emporium – you can observe household items in the eerie inky darkness – the kind of general store you’d expect to find in the more remote sections of New England. Similar to a camera re-positioning itself, you move outside the store and enter into cobbled streets and alleys – wherein we observe the creatures of the night (ie. rats) who creep round to savage what they can from the rubbish left behind; pausing only to see who has disturbed their nightly feasting. Someone was somewhere they ought not to be – they had disturbed the rhythm of the night; seeking to do what they will but against the laws of this land. Sadly one of the rats learnt a hard lesson about stepping away from the colony which coincidentally is the same scene where we learnt about the ‘vipers’ who are ‘nesting’ nearby.

When the Barron (Rudy) re-enters the story-line a shiver went through me as this bloke rankles me something awful! He has such a slimy character – where he has no morals and check-points within his conscience; acting for his singular gains and doesn’t care a whit about what he takes from others if it serves his own means a positive return. His manservant Willie (Wilhem) struggles with his lack of morality but also, the fact he must realise his employer is too far gone to be rehabilitated. Theirs is a unique dance between the moral rights of others and the indifference towards any sort of moral code in which to live by – whilst for the second time, I questioned why Willie staid in such close quarters of the Barron. Irregardless of what he felt the Barron had over him – you’d just like to see him gain a bit more backbone and step off – make his own way in life and live outside the Barron’s shadow where only deceit and ill will can come from his activities!

Storry has a cheeky way of ‘breaking the fourth wall’ so to speak – where the story eludes to reality – herein, there is a moment in this time-line where there is a direct reference pointing towards the listener in need of understanding the ‘truth’ behind events not known in this installment to direct their ears towards A Looming of Vultures before continuing forward; erst-whilst if proceeding without listening to the prior installment, to simply denote certain events will remain out of their purview.

There are two distinctively unique populations in this world: Ruritania and Germania – both of whom are at war and odds with one another – wherein we are finding how hard deep the convictions of those who would conspire to keep them justifiably separated by this war would go towards proving their right to keep the peace at an imbalance and automatically cancelling a way to seek a truce of peace. This is the heart of the series – what is is truly happening behind the thefts and the solitary acts of the few where the rest of the world has been held captive by those who would rather conspire to ensure war than to pave the path towards resolution.

And, yet, being a novel by Storry – there are delightful bouts of irony – when you find a master thief is overcome by boredom whilst feeling motivated to steal whichever item they deem worthy of being heisted under the cover of not just the night but the disguise of whom is trolling the streets when all others are abed. They have a keen mind for organising their time and exploits but somewhere in the murk and cloyingly simplistic executions of those plans – they find themselves a bit wanton for complications. In that, you have to chuckle – for what is more ironic than a bored thief?

You feel for Willie in this installment – not only is he embittered by his employer’s choices of villainy, but he happens to take the same washroom break as a murdered victim of a restaurant where diners expect a gourmet meal and not a one way ticket to the morgue! His ability to raise the alarm and to draw an earnest amount of help was commendable but how this would sit with his conscience after what he had disclosed to the Barron earlier in the evening was still yet to be seen. This, after a bit of subterfuge on the Barron’s behalf – where he continues to undermine Willie’s determination to have a bit of normalcy for one evening and not to have it marred by ill will. Not that the Barron was involved in this peculiar incident but rather of another which is connected by proxy if you will.

As conspiracies go – the hardest part about listening to them unfold in an audiobook narrative is not ‘hearing’ the ownership of the conspiracy itself – this is where narrators like Jake Urry, Lucy Brownhill (for the Tara Thorpe Mysteries) and Alison Campbell (for the Kay Hunter Thrillers) excel – they tweak their voices just ‘so’ in order to throw you off the identity of the person or persons involved who are seeking to do harm. In this instance, although you might feel you have already crossed paths with the persons involved in this particular conspiracy to take-out a person of power and interest – how can you bank on that knowledge when there are other players who are just as viable and easily just as responsible to take-on that role? I did not want to second guess myself but there was a pause in my musings of the perpetrator due to how well I understood the layering of Storry novels; thus far afield into hearing them. He likes to keep you guessing and sometimes – the keys to the central plot are hidden within the secondary branch of the story. And, vice versa, of course!

I had to smirk a bit – finding the Barron is part of the newly formed committee to organise itself towards seeking to find a way to stop the recent rise in thefts and to uncover the culprit. He seemed to find a way to twist his finger into places where you know he has no right to be involved and yet, the beguiling truth is – his peers and neighbours alike ‘trust him’ so in-descriptively as to be led blindly down a corridor he would conceive as the truth yet never reflect the reality of their lives. The Barron was an illusionist in this world – he wanted to contrive his image and his life to reflect the life he wanted others to believe to be true when behind that illusion lay a more sinister mirror of truth.

I ought to have put the pieces together a bit sooner when it is finally disclosed the kind of poison being used in the murder conspiracy – the plot towards that end is most deadly by half and dangerous on the outset due to the ingredients therein! It was a very well conceived aspect of the story’s central arc and I applauded Storry for using poison in a more scientific method than merely grabbing whatever was readily available as most mystery novelists have the tendency of relying on to cause mayhem in their novels. Storry likes you to think hard in his novels – meaning, he doesn’t want you to sit on what you believe you understand as being true – he wants you to work for that knowledge and ensure you read the clues right!

I must admit it dear hearts, I was most gobsmacked to have learnt in this installment of the series that the Barron has his limitations! He honestly has a hidden side of his personality and character; more than one secreted aspect really of his character which I didn’t quite see coming each time one of these secrets became revealled! And, here I thought it was rather a black and white point of truth about who he was and how he lived his life – but no! Just when you think you’ve understood a snake of a character like the Barron, Storry switches things up on you! Ha!

The character who took me the most by surprise this time round was the Constable – as Constable Bower’s investigation was quite intriguing on different levels especially as he looked into the individual victims and the victimology of their crime scenes which became the backbone focus of A Nest of Vipers countering to the secondary plotting of whom the Ruritanian roguish thief is and what motivates his antics in this seemingly peaceful world which prefers to be kept at war.

Entrapment for an elusive thief took considerable organisation, planning and a meeting of minds who could never have realised how thick the wool had been placed over their eyes already. Storry loves to add wenches into the plot and give his listeners something heartier to chew on – if you consider the large ensemble of his cast, the best way to bring them all together is to host a meeting where they are forced not only to communicate with each other but to give you a stronger impression of where their own alliances lie within the world itself. These layers of the series help navigate through the conspiratorial plots and better understand the total vision Storry is curating for the Ruritanian Rogues.

A light-bulb went off as I was listening to the Barron described the plan to entrap the thief – the key to the novel (or even the series) is the fact there is a presence of an unreliable narrator! My first experience of this was reading J.S. Monroe’s Forget My Name!

And, like flies they started to drop one by one,…. Storry doesn’t hide you from the horror of how the conspirators will stop at nothing to allow their devious plan to proceed. It wasn’t the first time nor the last where I was a bit uncomfortable about the death scenes in this installment – I was already a bit queasy IRL whilst I was listening to the novel and these descriptive visuals were not helping me reduce how much candied ginger I was munching on! Brace yourself if you listen to this one – there isn’t too much left for your imagination and its not the easiest of scenes to ‘shake off’ once you’ve heard them.

The Barron is cheekily cunning – even Willie cannot deny this trademark flaw of his employer. In fact, as the deceitfulness of his plans continued to unfurl themselves, the more Willie was quite certain he understood the Barron less and less; especially considering how keen the Barron seemed to take greater risk towards his own exposures of grandeur (if you will humour me) whilst earnestly attempting to appear by all other exploits to be genuinely less evil than he truly was in the truthfulness of it all.

The character I genuinely felt was given the shaft in this installment is Willie – he struggles so hard to do what is right by the Barron whilst also being a good servant in respect of his position and job. Yet, whenever he strove to find a way to have some downtime fun – where he could just be himself, be amongst a mate and drink a pint, he found himself unprepared for revelations which came in the final chapters – the kind of revelations that can shatter a person to their core and leave an indefinite mark on their soul. You feel for Willie, because despite all his own faults, he always has striven to do what is right and yet, he mistook one bit of cardinal advice if it had ever been given to him – betrayal is best served by those you already trust.

Similar to the ending of A Looming of Vultures – you’re left with more questions than answers – the most confounding aspect of this ending though which rankled quite a heap is that you are so dearly close to understanding the conspirators identities and yet, Storry puts the brakes on from you gaining too much information too soon! The only thing he felt you ought to have been given in the end of this installment is finding poetic justice for the vipers which effectively re-bridges the vultures into the foreground of the story-line. He doesn’t leave you any loose ends – if you think you’ve found one, you’ve just found the future tangent of focus in a new installment yet to be heard. And, that in of itself is the beauty of the series – you have to shift through the installments one by one, root out the clues, hug close to characters who test your patience (ie. the Barron) and let Storry tell you a story only he can conceive of whilst only Urry can perform it on this caliber of a performance to entreat you further into Storry’s vision!

Small fly in the ointment: Content Note:

I am not one who likes to see animals placed in harm in stories but in this particular instance, Storry is highlighting how certain animals can be used in labs and experiments – towards whichever end the experimenter expects to see a result of their study and/or studies if the case might be – actually, come to think on it – this is an extension of why the restaurant was being used and I’ve just pierced those connections together! It was one giant lab experiment! First on a small scale to ensure the dosage and secondly, on a larger one to preserve the data’s accuracy as it re-applied itself to a different species – I’d trend lightly if you are more sensitive to animals being used by scientists and/or labs as there is a particular scene in “A Nest of Vipers” I felt was particular discomforting.

I normally shy away from stories with this kind of inclusion but I hadn’t foreseen this to happen and felt a bit taken off guard. There are a few crime scene depictions which took me a bit out of the context of the story as well – for whichever reason, the scenes of death in this novel were just a bit too much for me. They weren’t your traditionally graphic death scenes either – but as a large portion of the plot involves poison, I’ll let you defer what that could infer about the scenes themselves.

on the suspenseful pen of mr storry:

Eloquently descriptive is how I would first describe a Richard Storry novel – he etches out a period specific detailed report of his world to give you a full vitality of recognition of what you will need to understand in order to have your bearings. He takes the time to round out what is easily observed and what a more expert bit of insight into his settings would require.

You almost feel as Urry narrates, Storry allows you the listener to know a bit more of the details of import ahead of his own characters. I love his instinct for this as it gives you the illusion you can solve the mysteries before Urry’s voice reaches the final chapter(s).

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About Jake Urry

Jake Urry

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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I am appreciative of Ms Jess providing a cursory outline of how best to articulate my listening hours on behalf of this audiobook and the others I shall be blogging about or reviewing in future. I’ve modified the suggestions to what I felt were pertinent to respond too on my own behalf as well as keeping to the questions I felt were relevant to share.

Number of Times I’ve heard the Narrator(s):

This is my third time listening to the narration of Mr Urry, after previously hearing his voice threading through the narrative of The Cryptic Lines and A Looming of Vultures.

Regards to the Narrator’s Individual Character performances:

Barron von Rudolph (ie. Rudy): There is a very distinctive switch in voice, tone and tempo when you hear this character step forward in the narration. You instinctively remember who they are even before you hear their name said aloud. There is something altogether sinister about them; they ooze darkness and it is almost as if they are half-snake themselves as they are scarily sneaky & crafty in their mannerisms. It is the same voice which creeped me out a bit the first go round as to how well Urry portrays their character!

His manservant: Wilhem / Willie: is such a push-over as he is easily manipulated by Rudy even though he understands a portion of this controlled relationship where they each have leverage over each other. He condemns his superior’s behaviour patterns and he constantly demands remorse and outs his employer’s naughtiness if only to hope to see a change in his opinions; a futile state of futility. He ought to know some people are not reformable!

Secondary Characters:

Emmalina – A perfurmer who likes to experiment with scents and of whom as a humbling voice which befits her pursuit towards the perfected scent which inspires her work. I only wish she had been given more scene time in the novel rather than fleeting glances here or there as the plot shifted forward.

The General – His voice has a certain aged quality to it – almost as resignation and of having knowledge long since discovered through arduous experience. Urry does well to prove his worth by how he is heard and how distinctive he stands out from the other men in the story. He also has a bit of a softer voice but one which still commands attention from others.

Constable Bower: An understated fellow and yet, he had this capacity to ensure his power through how he articulated his enquiries. It was interesting watching how others responded to him and how he used a receptive interest in criminology to sleuth out the clues which helped him piece his cases together. He was someone others would try to pass one over and thankfully he was not one to easily be deceived.

On the improvement of voicing male and female characters:

Female vs Male – I feel like Urry is evolving to leave a better impression on us when he shifts between male to female voices. His impression on me with female characters from A Looming of Vultures was this:

I almost think he has a more natural voice fit for older female characters like the one he had in The Cryptic Lines. This voice was okay but there is something for a certain age of a character which fits his voicing of a woman a bit better.

In this novel – the women sound a bit more reassuringly real – as their voices are rising a bit in the heightened emotions they are feeling. You can make more of a distinction they are women rather than taking the leap of faith they are women if that makes sense? It was a lovely surprise.

How the Novel sounded to me as it was being read (theatrical or narrative) whilst also noting the articulation and performance of the novel itself:

Singularly unique in how his voice presents itself into his narrative style – whenever you play a “Jake Urry” audiobook, you immediately re-identify with memories of your first Urry narrated book and happily prepare to be dazzled by his instincts for pulling you into the suspenseful thrilling style which for me has become a mainstay in my appreciation for how he approaches narrating audiobooks.

His enunciation is what first intrigued me – he has a way of crafting a world into your earphones which makes you sit up a bit straighter and keenly take stock of what he is relating to you.

Notes on the Quality of Sound & the Background Ambiance:

I was happy to find the atmospheric inclusions of musical segues were maintained as they elude to the Historically fantastical world we are enticed to re-journey inside.

Preference after listening to re-Listen or pick up the book in Print?

They are very distinctively remembered because of Mr Urry’s voice presiding over the stories – therefore, I am unsure if I would have the same kind of immersion if I were to opt instead to read the books with my own eyes even if I heard Mr Urry’s narration — sometimes I think, some stories are meant to remain in the format we originally ‘met them’. So for me, I’m now contemplating the stories I listen through Urry’s narration will remain my favourite way to greet them!

In closing, would I seek out another Jake Urry audiobook?

Mostly definitely – this isn’t really a question for me! I truly have come to *love!* listening to Mr Urry’s narrations – I do intend to seek out other stories he’s narrated, however, sometimes he picks certain kinds of stories which are outside my cuppa tea. This series and a few others I noted off his website are to my liking so there will be others I shall happily seek out.

For the moment, I am in full gratitude I can continue to review the audiobooks he’s narrated and therefore, the next reviews on behalf of his audiobooks will be editions I’ve received for review consideration. Each of the titles I selected were my personal preferences as his darker Thrillers are amongst those I cannot tread inside due to their content inclusions and the potential trigger warnings associated with their plots. For now, I am keeping to the stories penned by Richard Storry and a few select authors who are writing stories I can navigate rather comfortably.

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Especially if you read the book or were thinking you might be inclined to read it. I appreciate hearing different points of view especially amongst bloggers who gravitate towards the same stories to read. Bookish conversations are always welcome!

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Last year, despite my earnest attempts to read the stories as they alighted in my life for review consideration and contemplation, the fact I had 10 out of 12 difficult months of health afflictions (including my continuing battle with chronic migraines) – I lost the ability to focus on a lot of the books I was receiving. I am thankful I am in a better place right now in the New Year 2019 where I can begin ‘anew’ and re-settle into the stories and works of Non-Fiction I attempted to read in recent years – including those which released a year or two prior whilst I was helping my Dad recover from his stroke in late 2016. This New Year 2019 is a year where I can reclaim my readerly life and get back into the books I yearn to read, ruminate over and savour.

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

"I write my heart out and own my writing after it has spilt out of the pen." - self quote (Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story)

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Posted Thursday, 24 October, 2019 by jorielov in #JorieLovesIndies, Audiobook, Bits & Bobbles of Jorie, Blog Tour Host, Cosy Historical Mystery, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Historical Thriller Suspense, Indie Author, Self-Published Author




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2 responses to “#SpooktasticReads Audiobook Review | “A Nest of Vipers” (Ruritanian Rogues series, No.2) by Richard Storry, narrated by Jake Urry [an audiobook I began during #FraterfestRAT]

  1. The Gal Herself

    JORIE! I just wanted to let you know I saw your comment on WWWWEDNESDAY about Michelle Obama’s autobiography and to let you know I appreciated it. She writes just as she speaks, and I’m sure you’ll love it, too. Thanks again.

    Now I’ll scroll back and read your reviews …

    • Hallo, Hallo,…

      I apologise for the seriously late response on your lovely comment! I am still in the process of sorting out when it would be the best time to listen to her autobiography because the hold queues are still quite long! I am thinking of just placing myself back on hold and whenever the audio becomes available for me to listen would be the best time to start! :) Very kind of you to come to my blog and let me know you had seen my comment! I truly appreciated the gesture. Also, I am hoping whilst you staid to read more of my reviews, you’ve found some new stories or new authors to fetch and see if they were good fits for you as a reader. I hope you’ve had a bookishly lovely ending to 2019 and a wicked good start to a bookish New Year, 2020!

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