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The above heading may be an over simplification, but that's the best way to quickly describe the spirit of the Jackaby books by William Ritter. I've enjoyed each of the books in this series so far, but Ghostly Echoes expands the mythology of these stories in new and exciting ways. This seems like a turning point for the series and Ritter does a great job of expanding the scope of this world without sacrificing the character development that makes these stories great. This was not what I was expecting from this book (but in a good way). Instead of a "case of the week" story, we get a intriguing peek behind the curtain of the larger Jackaby world that Ritter has created. Lots of fun, with great characters to boot.
For me, narration can make or break an audiobook and they have found the perfect performer to narrate the adventures of Abigail Rook, R. F. Jackaby and friends. Highly recommend for fans of Conan Doyle and Jim Butcher. Can't wait for the next story.
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William Ritter has penned a fun, mysterious series in his Jackaby novels, and I’ve become a fan. Jackaby is quirky and rude without meaning to be, but well-meaning and with hidden depths that eventually are revealed in stories as we walk the path with him, and the other primary character, Abagail Rook. Brave, strong, impetuously driven towards adventure, Abagail drives the serious, along with their other housemate, Jenny. Bottom line, you’ll enjoy these fun reads.
Nicola Barber is superb. I don’t write a lot of reviews, but when I come across the exceptional, sometimes it just seems necessary to give thanks. Lately, it seems as if publishers have come to realize that when they’ve found a truly great narrator, they should maintain consistency in a series and retain the invaluable narrator in addition to the author.
I can only name a handful of my favorite narrators without looking it up, but Ms Barber has captured my heart (& ears).
In my mind, the very best narrators inhabit each and every character as distinct &. separate entities, & with unique vocal traits. Sadly, the very best are the ones who fade into the mind’s background because the reading is not being done by “ Ms or Mr X” but because they become the characters so completely. Female or male, young, old, or alien/paranormal being, Ms Barber exemplifies the very best of her craft and is the prefect compliment to Mr Ritter’s compelling storylines throughout the Jackaby series. Well done to both Mr Ritter & Ms Barber!