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This is all you need to know about Elimination Night: If you cannot immediately identify the true identities of the judges and host of Project Icon/American Idol, not only is there no way you can enjoy this book, there is no reason you should even try. If on the other hand you remember Season 10 of American Idol, when two new judges joined the show after Mr. Horrible Simon Cowell left to start a rival singing competition, you will absolutely love this.
As I did. Season 10 was the last time I watched Idol. Until then, my daughter and I watched together, rationalizing it away as research, since she was an aspiring actress-singer at the time. Clearly, there was something going on behind the scenes between the judges. Clearly, the process was mostly rigged. But we watched on -- so I get it (as embarrassing as it is to admit it) and thoroughly enjoyed this listen (warts and all).
Elimination Night, written anonymously by someone who supposedly worked inside a talent competition show, exposes all of this, most entertainingly by exposing the show's new high profile judges. The back story is boilerplate -- seems petty to criticize its banality since it is so besides the point, and does not even begin to rise to the level of the obvious corollaries (The Devil Wears Prada, Nanny Diaries, Primary Colors).
It helps immensely that Cristina Panfilio nails all the voices -- not so much their accents, which can be rough at times, but their tone, whether it be sarcastic, manipulative, angry, or clueless. As trite as the back story may be, the audio narrator totally captures the voice of the fictional narrator, a jaded young assistant producer whom everybody dumps on but who gamely marches on trying to do the right thing.
Bottom line -- this is a 5-star listen across the board (OK, 4 stars for Story) for true Idol fans who watched Season 10, but is no better than 2-3 stars across the board (if not worse) for anyone who does not already know what happened during that time. Since I can only provide one rating, I'm tempering my Overall and Story rating by one star apiece, but I'm sticking to 5 stars for the narrator.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The narrator was hard to listen to. I didn't care for the voice.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Would you be willing to try another one of Cristina Panfilio’s performances?
Not so much.
Do you think Elimination Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
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