• The Klowns of Kent

  • Blue Moon Investigations, Book 3
  • By: Steve Higgs
  • Narrated by: Charles Robert Fox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There might be no such thing as werewolves, vampires, or ghosts, but apparently evil dickhead Klowns are real.

Tempest Michaels is once again investigating ridiculous cases that are clearly not even slightly paranormal in nature, but his daily menu of fun is interrupted by a plague of men dressed in garish outfits with twisted clown makeup as they terrorize the Kent towns and villages with ever-escalating and more-frequent attacks.

If they were not enough of a nuisance, he has foolishly employed a woman with whom he is utterly in love. Trying to ignore Mr. Wriggly’s thoughts about what to do with his new colleague, he goes after his silver medal, a girl he lusted after years ago at school. But while Mr. Wriggly might not care tuppence about the difference, is Tempest’s heart really in it?

The Klowns should be a case for the police to solve, but their leader appears to have a serious beef with Tempest, and they are coming for him and anyone who gets between them. 

Who are the Klowns? What do they want? And what's with the ridiculous smiles?

Throw in a demonic possession, a restaurant with ghostly footsteps, and some more meddling by his mother, and it looks like another entertaining week for Kent’s best paranormal investigator.

©2018 Steve Higgs (P)2018 Steve Higgs

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Reader not good!

I do not like this new reader. His voice is too high, phrasing is all wrong and very disconcerting and he runs his words together so it is difficult to understand him. I will not purchase anymore audible books read by Charles Robert Fox. The book itself is good. I really enjoy the story, just not this reader. The reader of the first two books in the series was great! His voice really painted a picture of the main character. This new reader, not so much! Please consider going back to Peter Fullagar or someone with a similar voice and phrasing.

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a poor change of narrator for a fun series

Horrible narrator, what a shame. He has an old voice for a 40 year old detective and seems to have a breathing problem.

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So bummed with the narrator

Love this series! The first two were amazing. This one it took me twice as long to listen to because the narrators performance was just wrong. He has a lively Winnie the Pooh voice, but his cadence is off and I wonder if he has breathing problems. I love the the stories but won’t get another one with this narrator.

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loved the story, don't like the narrator.

The stories are great, the narrator kinda sucks. Really dislike when they change narrators. The readerof the first 2 books were funny and put life into the characters. this guy falls flat.

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Entertaining

Really love Mr Higgs writing. This is the third one I’ve read and they’ve all been terrific. The only disappointment in this was I figured out the protagonist early on. My favorites are of course Bill and Dozer

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Disappointing Narrator

I enjoyed the story...but the narrator's delivery is frustrating. He pauses in the middle...of every single sentence. His voice, accent, and characterizations are fine...but the constant pause in EVERY sentence makes for a very choppy performance. The technique can be used to good effect on an occasional basis...but not all the time. I could not listen to it straight through...as I would get annoyed after a while. My irritation with the narrator's delivery would...overshadow the story.

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don't like new narrator you need to keep same person throughout your books. otherwise enjoyed the book

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Story is entertaining, narrator is awful

The narrator has a pleasant, grandfatherly voice, but that’s the only nice thing I can say. His reading is awful. There is no flow— it’s awkward and choppy. Like other comments have pointed out, the phrasing and cadence are off-putting and distracting.

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The Klowns of Kent Blue Moon Investigations, Book

Tempest is pulled into a mystery involving clowns. The news is full of clowns appearing and causing issues. Then they start to accost and injure people. Eventually actual clowns come to Tempest to ask him to find out what's going on. In the meantime a new paranormal detective shows up and like Tempest's friend, Frank, fully believes in the supernatural. As supernatural cases show up the new detective starts to poach Tempest's cases. Then Tempest is targeted. Who will survive?!
Charles Robert Fox is a fantastic narrator who brings Tempest and his friends to live.
Fantastic audio and story!!

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Series picking up!

This series had less sex talk than the first two, but certainly some.

This was much better than books 1 and 2, and I have already read book 4 and can say I’m definitely enjoying the series. In my opinion, book 4 is lighter than this one, but no less interesting.

Narrator has an odd way of pausing in the middle of non-pause parts, like every sentence, so it takes a bit to get used to; for awhile I kept breathing with him and getting lightheaded. Lol

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  • 04-26-21

Absolutely awful narration

Having listened to the first two books in the series I was looking forward to this book, how disappointed was I when not only had the narrator changed but he'd gone from a believable thirty something to a seventy five year old with breathing difficulties. The book is written in the first person so this is important. This book is so badly read that I gave up and will just read it myself. Very disappointed 😞

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  • Hana
  • 02-03-21

can I give 5* to the book and 0* to narration?

I really really really like this series, BUT when I started listening to this book I was surprised by a change of narrator. I am really struggling to finish now, the emphasis on the first syllable in each word drives me bonkers. I may have to put this series at the end of my 'to read' list, because the narration kills it for me completely :(

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  • Angel Cross
  • 09-08-20

Evil clowns are no joke!

This story was filled with very nasty baddies who were relentless. But the humourous parts kept it from becoming overbearing. Big Ben's problems become hilarious and helps buffer the awful things the bad guys keep doing. Another great read by a great author! The narrator for the audiobook is great and his stoic way of orating helps keep the humourous parts to the forefront. Laugh out loud funny parts that make it such a great read.

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  • Chrissy22
  • 03-07-19

Great fun

Great story and the narration is spot on, reflecting the characters brilliantly. The tone and pace reflect the story, from highly charged fight scenes to little romantic interludes, though Big Bens inputs may not quite be Mills and Boon!
Great story and all brilliantly quite silly. I mean, an ex-army officer cum private detective who investigates the paranormal - which he has no belief in what so ever - who drives a sport car and has a pair of miniature dachshunds. What could possibly go wrong?
Charles Robert Fox does a great job with the narration, and you will really believe that Tempest is talking to you and you will be seeing the world from his eyes.
I have listened to the other later books as well and heartily recommend them. they get better and better, and best thing of all the narration and plot lines are consistently good.

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  • Jasmine
  • 03-30-21

Awful narrator

I loved this series but once Charles Robert fox started narrating these books I have never been more disappointed. Totally unconvincing as tempest Michael's sounds like he is about 60 and dried up worn out smoke 50 a day. It was embarrassing listening to him read the parts of Ben it was like listening to your dad talk about sex. Can't actually believe you are still letting him narrate your books I mean original guy was bad enough but the storyline got me through. Can't even listen to Charles Robert fox for the whole sample