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AUDIOBOOK WEEK REVIEW: “Fatal Shadows” by Josh Lanyon



Narrated by: Chris Patton

Someone’s out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he’s getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious “admirer.” The cops think he’s trying to divert suspicion from himself – with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective – or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect – to the wall?


I’m not sure there are too many people out there who hasn’t read Josh Lanyon’s Fatal Shadows. The book blurb does a great job summarizing what this first entry into the Adrien English series is all about: bookseller/mystery author by the name of Adrien (duh) finds himself suspect to his best friend’s murder. Obviously, there’s mystery. Romance? Not so much, but we do have the beginnings of an interesting relationship that will develop more (a lot) in the other entries into the series.

In terms of plot, I would say Fatal Shadows falls flat. I’m not a fan of books that focus mostly on the mystery. In a way, the first book was my least favorite in the Adrien English series. Furthermore, there’s no real romance that happens. Yikes! Instead, we get a lot of Adrien – what he’s about; what makes him tick. I love the guy to bits, with his wit and humor with people, his love of books, and dislike of homophobic cops. There’s so much to the guy and you just can’t help but be drawn by Adrien’s character.

So if the plot is flat, why give this 4 stars? As a book, I would give it 3 stars. As an audiobook? Well, that’s a whole different story.

I’m not gonna lie: I’ve listened to this sucker three times already (from beginning to end). Chris Patton <i>nailed</i> the voices of both Adrien and Jake. I can’t even reread any of these books without Chris’ voice narrating in the background anymore. He even makes each character’s voice distinct – they don’t all sound alike, as I’ve found annoying with other audiobooks by different narrators. It was simply a delight. The pace of narration was perfect – not too slow or too quick. He gets it done just right. He also doesn’t read in monotone. Instead, Chris infuses the right kind of emotions into his storytelling.

So overall? Great voice, great pace, and great emotions. I would never actually reread Fatal Shadows as it was kind of boring the first time around with all the mystery and none of the romance. But as an audiobook narrated by Chris Patton? Well, I’ve already mentioned listening to this three times…

I would definitely recommend the audiobook over the book, and definitely to both veterans and newbies to the series.



16303629Title: Fatal Shadows (Adrien English #1)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Narrator: Chris Patton
Publisher: self-pub
Length: 5 hrs 24 mins
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Purchase Links: Audible

4 comments on “AUDIOBOOK WEEK REVIEW: “Fatal Shadows” by Josh Lanyon

  1. Jody
    February 25, 2015

    Oh my! I have listened to several of Josh’s audiobooks and they have all worked for me. I have been contemplating purchasing this series for a while now,and I think you just shoved me over the edge. :)


    • Xing
      February 27, 2015

      I love shoving people off the edge! I hope you enjoy it. :)


  2. Katie Mc (@KatieMcAtGR)
    February 25, 2015

    Xing, I was meh about the book too. And after watching so many people love it, I gave the audiobook a try and was sold. I would not have proceeded in the series if not for the audiobook.


    • Xing
      February 27, 2015

      Yay, someone just like me! The great thing about audiobooks is that a good narrator can make a “meh” experience into a pleasurable one. I’ve revisited the audiobooks in this series multiple times thus far.


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This entry was posted on February 25, 2015 by in Cops / Cowboys / Military, Mystery / Suspense, Reviewer: Xing and tagged , , , .

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