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Loved the individual voices and the diary entries. The lads grow and mature over the course of the story--but not too much. Looking forward to Part 2.
Where does The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries, Part 1: Making It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
From the very beginning I was drawn into the story. By the end I felt like I 'knew' each character. I love how each one was unique and the author's descriptions made it possible to actually 'see' them all in my mind. Even though the band didn't face a lot of the obstacles new bands starting out do, they each had to overcome personal issues in order to take advantage of this 'once in a lifetime' opportunity. It also shows that no matter what your background, a passion and love for music can bring you together.I LOVE how the audio edition included 'The Rockateers' songs in the story. I also LOVED the narration by the author. I can't wait to see what happens next!!!
What did you like most about The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries, Part 1: Making It?
The production value is superb, with fitting score to enhance the read rather than being random transition elements. Jamie Scallion is top notch as a reader.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
The story is very straightforward, and quite predictable, at for this Part 1. Also, if the main characters are given commendable subtlety and very individual charm, the 'bad guys' (Burt's parents, Simon Cowell... I mean, Sir Wilson Cloom) lack a little bit of finesse in their writing, maybe? You'd expect them to kick a dog on the street and start with an evil laughter.
What does Jamie Scallion bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Jamie Scallion's delivery of his book is excellent; he gives his characters a different voice without changing his (smartly avoiding the 'cringe factor' of the male reader's attempt at a female voice), and his accent is spot on for these characters (well, he wrote them).
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Could easily have.
I can honestly say I have never enjoyed an audiobook as much as this one. When I was contacted about reviewing Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries) I had not heard anything about the book or the author, after doing some quick research, quick because one glance at the synopsis had me wanting to read the book, I quickly replied with a big YES PLEASE. From the minute I began listening to Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries) I was hooked. Making It is the perfect audiobook, with an excellent narrator, background noises (traffic, typing, rustling bushes), and even music to go with the songs being written and played by the band. There is so much about this audiobook that I am going to split my review into different sections in order to give each component its best review. The additional bonus of having background noises only enhanced the story that much more.
The story has a way of instantly drawing you in. Each member of the band has their own sections in the chapters so we get to hear all sides of the story and how they feel about each other. We get to see how four completely different lads can somehow make a band work. Granted it's all in aid of Bert getting the girl he wants, but it soon ends up being about working together against the odds. having belief in yourself and your ability, and the hard truth about the real world. Jamie Scallion has done an amazing job of showing the reality of a dream and how hard you have to work to achieve it. When the book was coming to an end I almost threw my iPod, but thankfully there was a 'Bonus Song' which took us off one cliff, and put us down on another. I need to find out what happens next right now!!!!!!!!
The narrator of Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries) is Jamie Scallion himself, and he really makes it come alive. He portrays the personalities of each band member to perfection, and I quickly found myself making a list of who I liked and didn't like. Jamie has a way of drawing the listener in and making it vary hard for them to stop.
This book needs its own soundtrack. The songs played throughout the book need to be full length and downloadable on iTunes. They are so catchy and addictive, once they stop you have them stuck in your head for hours afterwards. There needs to be a petition or something to get this in action.