• The Unspoken

  • Ashe Cayne, Book 1
  • By: Ian K. Smith
  • Narrated by: Amir Abdullah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (718 ratings)

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The Unspoken

By: Ian K. Smith
Narrated by: Amir Abdullah
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Publisher's Summary

In this new series from number one New York Times best-selling author Ian K. Smith, an ex-cop turned private investigator seeks justice on the vibrant, dangerous streets of Chicago.

Former Chicago detective Ashe Cayne is desperate for redemption. After refusing to participate in a police department cover-up involving the death of a young black man, Cayne is pushed out of the force. But he won’t sit quietly on the sidelines: he’s compelled to fight for justice as a private investigator...even if it means putting himself in jeopardy. 

When a young woman, Tinsley Gerrigan, goes missing, her wealthy parents from the North Shore hire Cayne to find her. As Cayne looks into her life and past, he uncovers secrets Tinsley’s been hiding from her family. Cayne fears he may never find Tinsley alive. 

His worries spike when Tinsley’s boyfriend is found dead - another black man murdered on the tough Chicago streets. Cayne must navigate his complicated relationships within the Chicago PD, leveraging his contacts and police skills to find the missing young woman, see justice done, and earn his redemption.

©2020 Ian K. Smith. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc.

Critic Reviews

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

“Narrator Amir Abdullah depicts Chicago's wealthy enclaves, struggling neighborhoods, and mouthwatering foods while introducing former-cop-turned-PI Ashe Cayne.… Abdullah excels with Cayne's cultured quotes, and his best creation is Commander Rory Burke - -an old-school cop. Conversations with him are informative and hilarious. Most impressive is Abdullah's portrayal of Cayne's versatility: He ebulliently banters with gang members and chats up social elites. Audio enhances the fine writing and diverse characters.” —AudioFile Magazine 

“With its huge, entertaining cast and smooth sleuth, this series kickoff recalls vintage Chandler or Hammett.” Kirkus Reviews 

“This fine series launch from bestseller Smith (The Ancient Nine) introduces PI Ashe Cayne, a former Chicago PD detective…Ashe is just one of many well-drawn, multilayered characters. Readers will eagerly await his return.” Publishers Weekly 

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Too many street details

I was excited to read « The Unspoken », after recalling how much I enjoyed reading «The Blackbird Papers » which I read when it was published. Listening to «The Unspoken » was a very different experience. I was tempted to stop listening but continued reading because I was curious about one of the two storylines. The dislikes were due to the continuous details of Chicago layout. I found the details of each street to be a bit tiresome and the beginning of the book to cause a bit of confusion. It was as if one storyline seemed out of place, as if it should have been part of another book. I also did not like the style being told from the 1st person perspective made it seem as if the character was just a bit cocky, arrogant,. Perhaps that was the intent of the writer, but it seemed a bit excessive. Also the amount of profanity prevented me from listening aloud around open areas where others could hear. It definitely required ear phones.

After completing «The Blackbird Papers», I was anxious and excited to read more fiction from this author. The subject of books that followed were not fiction, but diet and nutrition.

I preferred the style of «The Blackbird Papers», and maybe it is the same style and I have just forgotten. I am familiar with the background location (New Hampshire) of the story, so perhaps I was partial. It has been many years,so I will listen to it again. I have also frequented Chicago, so the location was not totally unfamiliar, but just too, too much detail of the layout of streets, for my liking. I am very sad and disappointed in «The Unspoken».

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Speaking of Chicago

Since I am born and raised in Chicago, I always enjoy reading stories that are based in Chicago. I related well to Dr. Smith's descriptions of our city streets and neighborhoods. The story was engaging and entertaining. But one thing irked me throughout the audiobook. The narrator kept mispronouncing the name of one of our city's major thoroughfares. Halsted in Chicago is pronounced hall-sted not hal-sted. The mispronunciation kept throwing me off. Ian Smith should have known better and corrected that before the final recording of the audiobook. Other than that, the book was great.

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Should have been shorter

Pretentious. Too much food description. Needed a little better character introduction and development. Good performance by the reader.

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Worth reading

I enjoyed the narration. Good story line but it seemed to bring everything to a conclusion prettying fast at the end.

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Way to go

For his 1st venture into this genre of writing the Dr has a winner.

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Vanilla rip of of Spencer

Did no one else notice the coincidental parallels of Robert Parker's Spencer? Lovable, intelligent, private eye who always describes what he is eating and has a one-named, un-smiling, sometime helper... Cheap rip-off just switched from Boston to Chicago. He even steals from Dexter when he goes vigilante and kidnaps the ex-priest child molester and preaches to us over and over about the horror of pedophilia.
Then you have a rather boring story with line after line of class envy and cliched characters... overall very boring.

There is also way too much detail in this story. we don't need to know the name of every street and how the camera angels work. My mind started to drift each time.
Can't really recommend this book, unless you can't find anything else to help you sleep.

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Really ....terrible.

A good clue that I really didn't enjoy this book is that I started muttering about a quarter of the way into it. Halfway through I was loudly scolding, "Blah, blah, blah!!" at the repetitive and predictable descriptions of every single room in the houses, every morsel everyone ate, every set of his gym workout, every step of his runs, including his best times, every car that anyone drives.

The protagonist thinks he is the toughest, the most intellectual, the coolest guy EVER, and is in fact arrogant and sadistic. It's hard to root for the main character when he's so unbearably obnoxious.

The core idea of the mystery was good enough but it is wrapped up in so much trite language, unlikely situations and dismal attempts at cleverness that it ended up just irritated the hell out of me.



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Don’t

Story was pretty good but couldn’t finish it because of the sadistic behavior of the main character who was supposed to be the good guy

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Trite, redundant, impossibly stupid

Trite, redundant, impossibly stupid
This crap is unworthy of a six-digit tv nightmare.
Where are the ‘real writers’?

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Interesting

Not sure why I selected this book, it was on my TBR shelf. It reminds me a LOT of the Easy Rollins books by Walter Mosely, not sure if that was on purpose. This is supposed to be the first in a series. There is a lot of explaining in this book. It is easy reading. Unlike the Easy Rollins stories, this takes place in present time. When you want to read without having to think, then.



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What is this about??

This story is aimed at the age group of 20 year olds. It started off as a kidnapping now it’s into priests and young boys. I’m so sick of this book. I want to slap the narrator. Stupid story stiupid lead man.