Saturday, October 29, 2022

The Innocence of Death by E.G. Stone - Audio Book Tour & Review



Author: E.G. Stone
Narrator: RJ Bayley
Length: 6 hours 34 minutes
Series: On Behalf of Death, Book 1
Producer: Audiobook Empire
Publisher: Tarney Brae Creative Endeavours
Genre: Fantasy
Released: September 13, 2022

I met Death in the park. And then he offered me a job… My name is Cal Thorpe and I worked for the premier marketing firm as a marketing and public relations agent. Then, I met Death. He gave me two options: go back to the moment when I’d been shot or work for him as his marketing agent. Obviously, I took the job. The only thing is, working for Death was absolutely nothing like I expected. For one, my assistant is a rock troll named Yolanda who smiles a lot and has a penchant for salt. Then, there’s the fact that I have to interview assassins who work with Death to get a sense of the guy. Oh, and finally? Death is married to Life and she’s accusing him of murder. Death says he didn’t do it. Now it’s up to me to go and solve this impossible crime, taking me on a trip through the magical realm of Elsewhere, and back to the mortal realm of Earth, to track down a killer who outsmarted Death. The only question is what is going to happen if I actually find the culprit. I have a feeling things will never be the same again. The Innocence of Death is the first book in an exciting comedic urban fantasy about Death hiring a marketing agent. Things go downhill from there...
  E.G. Stone is an independent author who has been writing, creating and causing vast amounts of trouble since the age of six. Since then, E.G. has improved rather a lot in both the trouble-causing and writing and now spends her time writing fantasy and science fiction. When not writing, she is off musing about the workings of languages, both real and created, or drawing and sewing. E.G. reads voraciously, perhaps to the point of slight-insanity. Weird, nerdy, perhaps a little crazy, she is having a grand old time writing, reading, reviewing, interviewing, and, naturally, continuing her endeavours in causing trouble. Happy reading… and writing. 
An accomplished full-time voice actor and audiobook narrator with 4 years of experience. RJ’s voice has been described by peers as a ‘well-weighted baritone, balanced & deep at the same time.’ Naturally he’s got a mild Yorkshire lilt that’s trustworthy and relatable. He’s extremely adaptable however and capable of many convincing accents, or anything you throw at him really. RJ’s broadcast quality studio consists of a fully acoustically treated room, RØDE NT-1A microphone, Reaper digital audio workstation and Izotope RX7 for clean-up and mastering for that high end sound. So far he’s narrated over 30 audiobooks with more currently in production. As a VO he’s been the voice of brands such as Nickelodeon, Johnson and Johnson, Network Rail, Aegon, Accord and more. He’s friendly, reliable, professional, takes direction well and always makes sure you’re happy with your narration. He maintains he’s not trying to ruin his own career by deafening himself with heavy metal on his dog walks. 
At Audiobook Empire, audio reigns supreme, narrators are hailed as heroes, and headphones are worn with pride. Marrying pomp and circumstance with quality you can count on, Audiobook Empire is a full-service production house that produces and promotes audiobooks with gusto. Give your audiobook the imperial treatment by producing it with Audiobook Empire. 
  I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

The Innocence of Death is the first book in a series, and it tells the story of Cal Thorpe, a man who seems to be flying high in his career at a marketing firm. Until he's not. One fateful day in the park changes everything for Cal. An encounter with a mugger leaves Cal with two options: die from a gunshot wound or work for Death as his marketing agent. Of course, Cal takes the job. But it's nowhere near as easy as it seems. Cal has his work cut out for him, not only with having to make Death look good, but he also has to solve the mystery of who killed Life's new plaything, Magnus. What's a marketing agent to do?
This was a fun story. I'm not normally a fan of audiobooks, as I tend to fall asleep while listening, or I find them to be a bit hard to focus on and zone out, missing all the important bits. But recently, I've been trying to give the ones that sound good a chance, and I'm so happy I did with this one. 
The narrator, RJ Bayley, has a magical voice. He's absolutely delightful to listen to, and his ability to change things up for each character makes it easy to know who is speaking at any time, and he makes it easy to follow along with the story. The narration for The Innocence of Death is crisp and easy on the ears. While I will admit I did fall asleep a couple of times (and missed two whole chapters once!), I did go back and re-listen to make sure I didn't miss anything. I blame not sleeping and having a slightly busier than normal schedule right now. That's definitely on me and nothing to do with the overall story or narration.
The story itself is amusing. It's got mystery and intrigue, fantastical elements, comedic elements, and likable characters like Yolanda the rock troll. I enjoyed listening to it all play out, with Cal working with a multitude of interesting people to try and uncover the truth about Magnus's death so he could clear Death's name and go back to doing what he does best: marketing. 
If you're looking for some entertaining urban fantasy, give The Innocence of Death a go.
4.5 stars!

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