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***I received a free audible audiobook in exchange for my honest review***
STORY: 4 stars
PERFORMANCE: 4.5 stars
OVERALL: 5 stars
I tend to shy away from short stories as they rarely include a beginning, middle and an end (three factors I consider necessary for a story to be labeled a, "book"). Although this book contains a beginning and a thorough middle, it's different in that the ending is, "fade to black". I thought that the way this book ended was intriguing, forcing listeners/readers to create their own ending yet without leaving us hanging on a disappointing cliffhanger.
Despite its brevity, I had no difficulty imagining each of the characters and thought that the story was well written. I was impressed with the way Ms. Hart paced the storyline, creating just the right amount of suspense before reaching an extremely exciting, sizzling-hot sex scene. I look forward to reading more books by Roxy Hart!
I listened to the Audible audiobook narrated by Xanthia Bloom. In the past, I've always sped my audiobooks up to 1.25 or 1.5 times the normal speed yet Bloom's performance was recorded at just the right speed for me so no adjusting was needed! Most of the time, Ms. Bloom spoke with a very thick British accent yet she demonstrated the ability to speak with a very believable American accent when needed too. She never, "read" but truly became the characters, putting emotion into her voice when appropriate. There was some extra production work added to this performance (2 voices simultaneously speaking on two occasions) which added to the uniqueness of this recording. The only negative I noted during this performance was an air conditioner/fan like sound switching on and off several times. Luckily, this background noise was very minimal and did not impact how much I enjoyed the audiobook.
What made the experience of listening to The Babysitter the most enjoyable?
Xanthia Bloom was a great narrator that brought life to the characters and a great life to the story.
What about Xanthia Bloom’s performance did you like?
Everything, she is a very talented narrator.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It is such a quick listen that it was very easy to listen to in one sitting.
Any additional comments?
The Babysitter by Roxy Hart was a good quick read. An eighteen year old accepts a babysitting job for a wealthy couple, while on vacation. She discovers a secret that changes and delights her. Xanthia Bloom did a great job narrating this book.