Cursed : Alex Verus

  • by Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • Series: Alex Verus
  • 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Things are going well for Alex Verus. He's on moderately good terms with the Council, his apprentice is settling in, and his shop in Camden is gaining quite a reputation.
But when a mysterious woman bursts into the Arcana Emporium one night with an assassin on her tail, Alex is thrown into a plot to revive a long-forbidden ritual. His old enemies are after the secret as well as a Council mage named Belthas and a mercenary named Garrick, and at least one of them is trying to get Alex killed - if he only knew which.
He can see the future, but knowing who to trust is something else.

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What the Critics Say

"Fast-moving and energetic." (Sunday Telegraph)

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Customer Reviews

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Perfectly average

Would you try another book written by Benedict Jacka or narrated by Gildart Jackson?

Eh, maybe. The series is unchallenging, perfectly decent to do something else to - doesn't require much focus. I don't mind Jackson as a narrator, but I don't know that he's the right narrator for this book - don't know that he fits the class/education/age of the main character.


Would you be willing to try another book from Benedict Jacka? Why or why not?

I'm not rushing toward the next book in the series. His stuff seems very underdeveloped - doesn't have the depth of characterisation or plot I prefer.


Any additional comments?

I don't know if it's the author or the copy editor, but this book seems to have been badly localised - it's a book by a British author set in London, but it doesn't have any actual sense of being in London, in the way that Ben Aaronovich's books are. There's also a lot of US terminology.

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They got the series :)

This book makes me wish we had a more detailed rating system. Is it a Dresden files rip off? Well yes but then I'm enjoying these books more than the latter books in that series. Is the narrator as good as James Masters? Of course not it's James Masters. I really wish so many reviewers weren't making comparisons here because Gildart Jackson really isn't that bad, in fact I'd give him 4/5 as he's great at doing characters voices, doesn't feel the need to screech as so many male narrators do as soon as they get a villain that is female and is really enjoyable to listen to. His only real problems are, as many people have correctly said, that he sounds too old for the role (as narration is first person) and that he's not James Masters ( I swear fans would clone him if they could.) The story is even better than the first book and I was gripped from start to finish. Alex is the only genuine wizard to run a magic shop, it's a hobby, in between, training his sometimes apprentice, dropping in for tea with his friend/ possible creature from ancient mythology or somewhere and assisting other wizards in their various tasks, so that hopefully they won't kill him someday. 4.5/5 because I really enjoyed it and will be buying the whole series shortly, even if it's not original or well enough crafted to merit the top twenty. A good book is a good book and the story should appeal to most readers of this genre male or female. If you are on one credit a month then as others have suggested Ben Aaronovitch is better but when a new series comes out I like to check the reviews on Audible dot com. Same book different cover, at the time of typing this, Cursed has a 4.40 average and 924 ratings - so most people like it.
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- nicole

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-05-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK