Audiobook Blog Tour: The The Ace of Clubs by Patricia Loofbourrow

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About Audiobook #3

Author: Patricia Loofbourrow

Narrator: Machelle Williams

Length: 8 hours 4 minutes

Publisher: Red Dog Press, LLC⎮2018

Genre: Noir Mystery, Steampunk Crime Fiction

Series: The Red Dog Conspiracy, Book 3

Release date: Jan. 26, 2018

 

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Synopsis: Trapped. Betrayed. Desperate.

Could you betray your family to buy your freedom?

From NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Patricia Loofbourrow….

The one secret which could destroy everything….

After financial disaster and the zeppelin bombing, the far-future, domed, neo-Victorian city of Bridges is reeling. Three of the four Families are implicated, and an inquest is called to investigate.

After her failure to prove Jack Diamond’s guilt in David Bryce’s kidnapping and the murders of her informants, private eye and mobster’s moll Jacqueline Spadros has had enough. While she and her former lover Joseph Kerr try to learn who killed their family friend, they also begin making plans to leave the city.

Her tormentors, however, are just getting started. As their web of lies and forgery draws ever tighter, Jacqui begins to see how deep the conspiracy against her and the Spadros Family really goes.

When she’s called as a witness in the inquest, the secrets Jacqui has kept over the years come back to cause her serious trouble. Will she be able to escape Bridges? Or will she be forced to face the terrible consequences of her lies and trickery once and for all?

 

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Welcome to part 3 of the Red Dog Conspiracy with the Ace of Clubs. I believe this is the best of the first three books thus far. But I had to remind myself that this is a 13-part serial novel! Quite interesting, eh? Indeed. The plot begins to take shape in this book when more secrets are revealed and things are brought out into the open. The Family crime drama continues…

Narrator Machelle Williams has a sweet voice and has a way of luring into the story. Each book gets better with her performance and familiarity with the characters. I’ll do a full review of the her performance soon on the AudioSpy.

 

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NARRATOR PERFORMANCE: 7/10

  Machelle Williams

 

  • Narrator-Story Connection: 8/10

Machelle Williams does a great job being immersed in the story herself. This brings out the better performances of narrators. Great job.

 

  • Voice Switch Over:  7/10

The narrator displays a good voice for children and the protagonist, Jacqueline Spadros. The voices of Anthony (spouse), household servants, and french accent were notable.

 

  • Pacing 8/10

The narrators pace was great and in sync with the type of story presented.

 

  • Emphasis 7/10

Good emphasis in character portrayals with their personalities, reactions, etc. Of course, my favorite was Jacqueline Spadros herself with the slew of circumstances she has to encounter.

 

  • Reader-Story Connection  7/10 

It took me a bit longer to finish audiobooks 1-3 for some reason, but I kept coming back to see what happened next and learn more about the neo-victorian city of Bridges with their crime families.

 

Sound Quality: 7/10

Publisher: Red Dog Press, LLC

The first book had decreased sound quality with background noise. It wasn’t overbearing but noticeable. Books 2 -3 were a lot better.

 

Overall Performance: 7/10

Overall it was a good audiobook performance for books 1-3. Narrator Machelle Williams has a very sweet voice and soft approach to the story. It kept me coming back to fine out more.

 

 

 

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