• Watchers of the Dead

  • Alec Lonsdale, Book 2
  • By: Simon Beaufort
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Watchers of the Dead

By: Simon Beaufort
Narrated by: David Thorpe
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Publisher's Summary

December 1882. Attending the opening of the new Natural History Museum, reporter Alec Lonsdale and his colleague Hulda Friederichs are shocked to discover a body in the basement, hacked to death. Suspicion falls on three cannibals, brought from the Congo as museum exhibits, who have disappeared. But Alec discovers that three other men have been similarly murdered, and when he and Hulda discover a letter in the victim's home warning of a catastrophic event planned for Christmas Eve, they find themselves in a race against time. Who are 'The Watchers', and can the duo stop them before they strike again?

©2019 Simon Beaufort (P)2020 Oakhill Publishing

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Why, why change narrator??

I like this series a great deal, and I like the characters . . . but I have a huge complaint that may stop me from listening to any further books from this series. Why change the narrator after the first book? Honestly, a listener gets used to how dialogue flows, how accents are portrayed, the demeanor of the characters - Jonathan Keeble did all of these things in the first book expertly -- so why change? Instead of being calm and collected, Lonsdale is now excitable and loud, and Hulda's English has taken a downturn. So disappointing.

Nearly ruined the book for me.

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  • 07-23-21

Ruined

Such a letdown after the first book. I loved the first one and was very excited about the release of the second. I have had to stop listening after half an hour because of the AWFUL narration by David Thorpe. I really hope that the book will be re-released with the incomparable Johnathon Keeble, once again narrating.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-24-21

Looking Forward to a Third Novel - in Hope...

After listening/reading and so much enjoying the first book in this series, I went straight on to reading the ‘Watchers of the Dead’. I felt this second novel was satisfactory and fits with most expectations of Victorian mystery thrillers, but it did not equal or exceed the wonderful achievement of ‘Mind of a Killer’. This second novel gave ‘flavours’ of the time and these could/should have been developed more and to better effect. The last few chapters may disappoint many with frankly incredible rather than improbable villains. Why this second novel is wanting is curious. There needed to better self-criticism by the authors and a more effective publisher's editor. In terms of the performance of this audio-book - I am so sad to say - I found it unsatisfactory. It is pale and overly demonstrative in comparison to the first novel’s superb performance by Jonathan Keeble. The performer of ‘Watchers of the Dead’ – David Thorpe - is employed extensively in the work of Susana Gregory (lead author in this Simon Beaufort partnership). He does not suit this narrative - in my view. The character voices used In Gregory’s Matthew Bartholomew series are ‘recycled’ too freely and is unrewarding. Added to that, the lack of sensible gradation in which the character voices are often presented simply does not suit and it tires. Too many sound angry or rough without need. A prudent recording producer/director might have made things better. When an author chooses to write under a different name, or in partnership/s with another author, it asks that the voice performer make the enterprise distinctive, and this is not. I say this with deep regret as I am an avid follower of both the Matthew Bartholomew chronicles and the Thomas Chaloner series (over 10 novels on my shelves) waiting to be read and listened to. Quibble: Iolanthe is pronounced with an ‘I’ not an ‘E’.

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  • Nick Wayne
  • 08-24-22

Good fun

I enjoyed it, perfect for lazy hot summer days. Nice and improbable with a cheery cast of characters.

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  • 08-03-22

disappointed

narrator gave me a headache totally spoiled it the last book was excellent with Jonathan Keeble

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  • Julie
  • 06-13-21

Another good book, Brilliant.

Although real subjects, it so good to have a sense of humour there too & the great old British ways!!! well sometimes. l love Lonsdale & Hulba. Written & narrative both amazing, Thank you.