Double audiobook review of The Long Call and The Monster of Elendhaven

Posted October 24, 2019 by Stormi in Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Double audiobook review of The Long Call and The Monster of Elendhaven

I received this book for free from Macmillan Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
Length: 10 hours and 24 minutes
Published by Minotaur Books on September 3, 2019
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Source: Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Ben Aldridge
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For the first time in 20 years, Ann Cleeves—international bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—embarks on a gripping new series.In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.
Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.
The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.
An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.

Since these are both review audiobooks from MacMillan Audio I decided to go with a double review.


Ever since watching Vera and Shetland on Acorn TV I have always been curious about this authors novels. I hoped to really enjoy this one but there was just some things in it that I didn’t care for making not so great of a read for me though I am sure others will enjoy it just fine. I may try one of her other series though.

It starts out with Detective Matthew Venn standing in the distance watching as his father is buried. He is not allowed as noone wants him there. He left the strict community that his parents where a part of when he was younger and was not welcome back and his parents pretty much shunned him. His mother actually accuses him of killing his father because of his leaving.

Then he gets a call about a dead body that takes him into the heart of the community he left. Looking in to what happened to this man brings things close to home as Matthews spouse works at the Woodyard a center for special needs people. Lucy is one that we meet in the story because she new the man who had been killed, he gave her sweets. Things lead Matthew to the community he left and a lot of secrets and lies that he has to shift through.

We also get another story woven through about an elderly man and his daughter with down syndrome which of course will soon a connection between both stories start to come to light.

Then there’s also another down syndrome girl who goes missing whom detective Matthew has to try and find which puts him deeper into the community as his mother actually ask him to help. Matthew does a great job of taking it all in and figuring out what happened.

Detective Matthew is an okay character, he had to do his job while worrying what might be going on at the place his husband worked at and wondering if he had anything to do with it, but I think my favorite character is his coworker Jenn as she is a pretty spunky woman. She left an abusive relationship, took her kids and got out of it.

I did think the overall story wasn’t bad but it was a bit slow and drawn out and it had a decent mystery.

The Narrator

This was my first time listening to Ben Aldridge and I wasn’t very impressed. He read it a bit to slow for my liking even when I sped it up it was kind of slow and his voice just wasn’t for me.

Double audiobook review of The Long Call and The Monster of Elendhaven

I received this book for free from Macmillan Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
Length: 3 hours and 53 minutes
Genres: Horror
Published by on September 24, 2019
Pages: 160
Format: Audiobook
Source: Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Daniel Henning
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The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster’s heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.
These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it.

I found this book to be weirdly interesting but at the same time I felt like not much really happened, but I still found it to be a decent read. Does that make any sense, probably not but that is how the book felt. 🙂

It’s about Johann the monster of Elendhaven, who can’t die no matter how many times he throws himself off a roof. He pretty much just goes around killing people. Then one day he sees Florian a strange man and starts following him because he sees him do sorcery and is curious. Then Florian ends up making Johann do his bidding and they wreak havoc on those that wrong the city getting their revenge.

I really liked how gruesome this novella was and it was really interesting in the beginning then the author threw in the romance between the two and it went downhill for me. It was just an extremely weird little book to listen too and I am still not sure exactly what I think of it so if it sounds interesting give it a try and see for yourself.


My first time listening to Daniel Henning and I really enjoyed him. His narrations is one of the things I really enjoyed about this story, perfect voice for this weird little book.

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5 responses to “Double audiobook review of The Long Call and The Monster of Elendhaven

  1. I enjoyed those shows too but not sure about the book. The other one has such a great cover. You do have me curious about it. I’ve read some that had me scratching my head too. LOL

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