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Jackdaw

Written by: KJ Charles
Narrated by: Cornell Collins
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: LGBT
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If you stop running, you fall.

Jonah Pastern is a magician, a liar, a windwalker, a professional thief...and for six months, he was the love of police constable Ben Spenser's life. His betrayal left Ben jailed, ruined, alone, and looking for revenge.

Ben is determined to make Jonah pay. But he can't seem to forget what they once shared, and Jonah refuses to let him. Soon Ben is entangled in Jonah's chaotic existence all over again, and they're running together - from the police, the justiciary, and some dangerous people with a lethal grudge against them.

Threatened on all sides by betrayals, secrets, and the laws of the land, the policeman and the thief must find a way to live and love before the past catches up with them....

©2015 K. J. Charles (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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I've listened to this twice already

And if that's not a glowing recommendation, I don't know what is. I didn't think I could possibly love characters in this series as much as I loved Stephen and Lucien, but then Jonah and Ben stole my heart in this beautiful story. Wonderful performance by Cornell Collins.

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Fun and adventure with 2 ex cons

I've loved all the stories I've read by K.J. Charles, but this one is my favourite. the characters, their history and the sheer fun and adventure is very entertaining.

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  • VHB
  • 2018-01-31

Fly me to the moon

This was wonderful.
This was just after the end of the third book
Of the Magpie lord adventures.
Its about Jonah The wind walker and Ben.
What a great sequence to these great books .
Highly Recommend the entire series , exellent narration, superb writing amazing storie

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-19

excellent story

you find yourself rooting for someone you thought was a bad guy. a real underdog gets a happy ending.

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  • Manduh
  • 2019-09-20

I liked it.

Ben and Jonah were on the wrong side of the law but find a cozy town hoping to escape their fates.

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  • Allison Smith
  • CARMEL, IN, United States
  • 2019-09-17

sadly lacking

the narrator is excellent as usual, and does his best to bring this mess of a book to life. the plot is meandering, and the climax of the story comes out of nowhere. though the two leads are interesting on their own, the plot twists Stephen (prev. lead of the Magpie Lord series) out of character to make him an antagonist. while there is reasoning for that, it seems ooc that he'd take it as far as he's been written to. I wanted to like this book, but overall it was a letdown after the excellent Magpie series.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • KC, MO
  • 2019-09-08

Tearjerker

Lot of emotional chaos in this one. If you cry, grab the box of tissues before starting. Ben and Jonah had a good thing that got interrupted. They restart with not much but each other, and sometimes not even that. They have a lot to learn about each other and how to take care if themselves and we’re here for the tragedy of their fumbling attempts. They also set about making friends. Recommended, but not if you need something cheery.

Coincidentally, I recently downvoted a different novel for the love interest routinely causing sadness in their lover & either not seeing that they were doing it or seeing it and not changing things. This book gets that handled - Ben is upset with Jonah on and off but at some point realizes he needs to choose a way of dealing with his mad that doesn’t imperil Jonah or his feelings. It was refreshing to see them both adulting with kindness in mind here.

My only real concern with the book was how hard the heroes of the previous book were tracking down the heroes of this book despite knowledge of extenuating circumstances and a history of extrajudicial judgement/leniency. But then bureaucracies have always baffled me. My brain prefers reasons beyond “the rules say so” or “this has always how we do it”.

Steam: medium. Sexy M/M on page intermittently throughout with some working out of relationship dynamics in the process. Not quite kinky but not quite not.

Narration: still good, same narrator as for Magpie series.

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  • pdxBooks
  • Portland, Oregon, USA
  • 2019-07-27

Just When I Thought They Couldn't Get Better...

Jonah and Ben's love story is heartbreaking and glorious... thankfully not in equal measure. Find out what Jonah, the wind-walking self-absorbed ass from The Magpie Lord books is really all about... and how the power of love can help us see a better path.

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  • iamb
  • 2019-07-04

I came to enjoy this a great deal.

It took me awhile to enjoy this book because there was so much anger for so long. It became wearisome for me. However, the story was always interesting and the narration was great.. I did come to like the characters in the book and wanted the best for them. I found the ending a little predictable, but oth, it was fulfilling and not completely tied in a bow, which is more realistic. I just love the Magpie world that has been created by K. J. Charles, and I don't want it to end..

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  • Amanda
  • BORDENTOWN, NJ, United States
  • 2019-06-20

Amazing as ever

I wont lie..there was a scene in the beginning that was hard for me, but OMG this book! All the Magpie Lord books,, actually... you know what? ALL K. J. CHARLES BOOK ARE FREAKING GREAT AND I E LOVED EVERY ONE.

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  • AAHickman
  • 2019-02-21

Gorgeous book, beautiful narration

Possibly my favorite KJC book. It doesn't matter how often I read or listen (and I adore listening) to this book, I am always finding new things to love. The scene in the bar at the end is masterful and so very funny. The only other single scene I've enjoyed so much is in A Gentleman's Position when everyone plays out David's plans. I am always brought to happy tears by the end of this book as well.

Audio: I love this narrator, I love how distinct his voices are, and the emotion he puts into his portrayal. Plus, he has a wonderful voice. I admit his choices are some times questionable, but I'm also assuming he was either given no direction for the voices or given bad direction.

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  • Judy F
  • 2019-02-09

Poignant

I love KJ Charles. This was another excellent story. The author always convincingly roots her stories in the time period, even when dealing with magic. This makes it easy to believe in the worlds she creates in her books, to care about the struggles of her characters, and to be genuinely happy for Ben and Jonah when they finally find their safe harbor. Cameo appearances by beloved figures from the first three Magpie books were a delight. As always, Cornell Collins is mesmerizing to listen to. He does a superb job---not just reading, but truly performing the story.