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What would have made Believe better?
The story line was good. Listening to the narrator Karen White made it very difficult to listen to. She just did not fit. It made no sense to have a women's voice to narrate the women's story. I had a very difficult time listening to her voice and it ruined the entire story. Buck Brannamans first book " Faraway Horses" was Amazing, not this one..
What other book might you compare Believe to and why?
Buck Brannamans first book " Faraway Horses" was the Best and we all just loved the narrating.
What didn’t you like about John Pruden and Karen White ’s performance?
Keeping John Pruden as the narrator. I had a very difficulty time listening to Karen White. The stories would of been great without the narrator Karen White.
Any additional comments?
Have John Pruden be the narrator and remove Karen from the book
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I almost returned this audio book after listening to the first chapter. But, thankfully I wasn't home near my computer and decided to try listening some more to the next chapter. Glad I stuck with it because there are useful examples in the book that I can apply.
With regard to the narration. I understand and agree with the decision to have a man speak Buck Brannaman's parts of the book and have a woman narrate the "stories" told by the woman clinic participants who spoke about their issues, their clinic experiences, and the results with their horses and lives. Makes sense.
And, I understand that some of the narrators for audiobooks dramatically portray characters by changing their "persona" and even adapting an accent, as this woman narrator did for one of the women's stories by speaking with a Texas twang for only that story.
But that first "persona" the woman narrator used almost cost Buck Brannaman a sale as I surely would have returned the book if I was at home. I don't know any real life woman who speaks in such an uncertain, halting, "I-am-a-helpless-female" tone. Every woman I can think of speaks like a real person, and even those with fears or issues up the wazoo don't speak like that. And a horse woman who shovels manure, carries 50 lb feed bags, backs her pickup to her trailer's hitch, picks out hooves, cleans and bandages wounds, knows how to give her horse banamine or bute paste . . . well, what horse woman would talk like that? That voice portraying the woman in the first chapter was amazingly irritating.
Which is a shame, because there are some really good experiences shared in this book, and I found some useful tips, and came away with encouragement to stick with it to overcome my riding fear issues.
The breathy, halting,, "me-just-so-helpless, you-so-big-and-stwong" persona of the first chapter should be saved for some anime book with an audience of young men who don't think with their brains. But the audience for this book is more likely to be adults, at least half of which are women who have given up a lot to have horses in their life, and that means they know how to get by in life. Please redo the first chapter, and read those words in the voice of a real woman, with confidence and directness. I couldn't envision a woman who trailered her horse to a roping clinic speaking like that. I just wanted to reach through my iPod and . . . . well . . . it was really annoying.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
Lovely book and follow on from his first one Faraway Horses. It goes deeper into how Buck has been able to affect horses and humans alike. The stories are heartfelt and inspire with hope, especially if you want to break out of the mould and be your best or find another chance. Loved it.
What made the experience of listening to Believe the most enjoyable?
This book was filled with interesting stories of horse-owners and their horses, peppered with wisdom and observations from the author. It was nicely written and interesting, and although it was slightly slow in places, still very much worth listening to!
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
The narration was okay, but the female narrator seemed overly ponderous! The male narrator was good and engaging. I wouldn't let this put people off though!