Her name was Crimson...and she was a legend. A beautiful pirate queen who plundered the 16th Century Caribbean sea by day and confronted voodoo and vampires during the steaming tropical nights.
Cast in Dark Waters is an original dark adventure tale by Ed Gorman and Tom Piccirilli.
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A Great Little Paranormal Pirate Adventure Story
Don't waste your money/credit, buy the novella!
A different narrator. Ms. Frederick was horrible. She has a lovely voice but it's very mechanical sounding. Better suited to pre-recorded voicemail messages, or directions, NOT novels.
Knowing early on that I was going to have to force myself to listen to it and hope that the narration improved. It didn't.
NOOOOO!!!! Not unless she's giving directions via Google Maps. Never again!
Where to begin...SO many mispronunciations that half the time I was trying to figure out the real word she was trying to say. The accents were horrible, the story, delivered in a monotone, was maddening.
There were so many mispronunciations (FOILage instead of foliage springs to mind - and I'm pretty sure that the missing woman's name was 'Daphne' not "DAFFNA" ) that it was just a bonus irritant in an otherwise tortuous listen.
Ms. Frederick has a very high, thin, reedy voice, which isn't remotely suited to bringing to life the heroine of this story. The main character is supposed to be a strong, female pirate. You didn't believe for one second that this woman could take care of herself much less be such a rare thing as a female pirate in charge of other male pirates.
Where Crimson was supposed to sound tough, she sounded laughable. The character's introduction via sword fight and what I assume was meant to be witty banter, is down right ridiculous. It's almost as if no one cared who read the story, they just had to meet a deadline. Or that someone owed the narrator a job and was compelled to hire her. Heck, I could have done a better job and I lisp!
I don't buy audio books because I'm too lazy to read the original. In fact, many times I've already read the book first. The reason that I buy the audio version is because I enjoy what a good narrator brings to the story. If this had been a full novel, I would have returned it by the end of the first chapter. The narration is THAT bad. Doesn't anyone preview these things before they press 'publish'?
It's a disservice to both the authors and the customer to put out a product this blatantly inferior. It's a very good story but that's hard to tell by listening to this version. In fact, if I hadn't already been such a big Piccirilli fan in the first place, I probably would have thought the authors were the problem and that would truly have been a shame because I doubt that I would have given another chance to either one of them.
Do yourself a favor and READ it INSTEAD of listening to it. You will be rewarded for your efforts. In the meantime, I'll hope for a better narrator because I'd buy it again just to hear it read properly.
- D. Hubbard