In the Blood : Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries

  • by Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries
  • 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.
In the Blood combines a centuries-old mystery with a present-day thriller that brings two people from opposite sides of the Atlantic together to uncover a series of carefully hidden crimes. Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and will stop at nothing to find them. In the Blood is the first in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series.

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Mixed bag for this listener

I had very high hopes for this book as I am a huge fan of the Dan Waddell series featuring genealogist Nigel Barnes and was looking for something similar. Maybe I set my expectations too high? The mystery itself was intriguing and had several layers which was a plus. I really enjoyed how there were scenes both in the present day and in the last. However, I had trouble connecting with Jefferson Tayte. I never really got to like him very much. I didn't hate him, but I didn't like him either. He didn't draw much emotion from me at all, except frustration several times when I thought he did some things and made some choices that weren't smart. I found myself yelling at him those times.

As far as the performance went, as much as I like Simon Vance's voice, I had a difficult time with him reading this book. His voice didn't fit right for me. I understand the choice of a British reader since the whole book (minus the very beginning) takes place in England, but it just threw me off because the main character is American and while the book is not a first person narrative, it still put me off-kilter a bit. Plus, I was not a fan of Mr. Vance's American accent. I did not like the voice he gave to Jefferson Tayte at all. His voices for all of the British characters were great but his voice for Tayte and the few other Americans were not good for me.

I switched back and forth between the audio and the kindle version and if I had to choose, I would probably lean towards the kindle version over the audio. It was worth the Whispersync price I paid but I'm glad I didn't spend a credit on it.
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- Sheryl

Getting into this book was difficult for me.

In the Blood is probably better than 2 stars, but the slow start combined with the terrible narration make the audiobook a loser. The story actually gets quite good near the end. The book would be better if it were shorter and less wordy.

Simon Vance with his rich deep voice and British accent is usually an excellent narrator. The issue with his narration of this book is that he does not do dialog well. He tries unsuccessfully to give a unique voice to each character. His voice range is insufficient to pull it off for the multiple male characters in this book and his voice with female characters it is horrid.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio