Fire and Ice

  • by William Graham
  • Narrated by Tim Brunson
  • 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a small town in Iowa, a series of murders have the town on edge. A newspaperman turned reluctant sleuth unravels the interconnected deaths, and in the process rekindles a romance and has his faith tested.
This story will leave you guessing. This suspenseful work is from William Graham, the author of the critically acclaimed works The Red Planet Trilogy and The Red Planet President - both of which are also available in audio format.

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I had a really hard time listening to this one...

Would you try another book from William Graham and/or Tim Brunson?

I really don't know... I've got confused feelings about the book and the interpretation of it...


Would you be willing to try another book from William Graham? Why or why not?

I may give William Graham a try again but it will be either in a paper book / e-book form or with another narrator. I could not get into this story properly because of the way Mr Brunson read it, unfortunately... The plot seemed interesting at first, but I quickly lost the track of the main storyline for the simple reason of trying to understand who was speaking and figuring out whether a sentence ended there or not (I'll explain in a moment what I mean by that)... Also, there were a few instances when I was wondering what particular scenes had to do with the crime... Generally, it was difficult for me to engage in the book and I really didn't care whether the murders would be solved or not... Not a good thing when it comes to crime novels, right?
But there were a few good scenes and plot twists, that's why I'm on the whole willing to read another book by William Graham...


Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Brunson’s performances?

Probably not, unfortunately. Mr Brunson has a nice voice and when I listened to the sample of the audiobook I liked it a lot. But... And here are the 2 main reasons why I did not generally like the audiobook:

1. Mr Brunson has a particular manner of reading which I find really tiresome; he makes pauses in the strangest of places and also accentuates the sentences in a strange way.

To explain it better, let's say you have to read aloud what I've just written. I would expect the narrator to make pauses in the places I marked with a hyphen, something like this:
Mr Brunson has a particular manner of reading - which I find really tiresome (the pitch of the voice going down here a bit to mark a longer pause or a full stop); he makes pauses in the strangest of places -- and also accentuates the sentences in a strange way. (pitch going down to mark the end of the sentence)

In Mr Brunson's interpretation I would expect something like this:
Mr Brunson has a particular - manner of reading which I find really - tiresome; he makes pauses in (pitch going down as if the sentence ended here) - the strangest of places and also (pitch going down again) --- accentuates the sentences in a strange way.


2. Although generally I got used to this strange manner of reading after a while and I didn't mind it so much in the book's 3rd-person-narrator's parts, I really hated what Mr Brunson did in dialogues. Every person in the book was given exactly the same, high-pitched voice of a whiny 15-year-old girl... It didn't matter if it was a man, a woman, if they were angry or happy, what I saw in my mind was a spoilt teenage girl who was whining because her parents refused to buy her an icecream...

I'm sorry to say all that; I am not usually so harsh in my reviews... When reviewing books, audiobooks or movies, even the ones I like a little less, I try to follow Pollyanna's philosophy of finding something good in them. In this instance, however, I have a really hard time trying to pinpoint something that I did like...
Well, maybe one thing: Mr Brunson, please, do not try to change your voice when reading, just read the whole book in your own, normal voice - it has a real nice timbre, pleasant for the ear :)


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I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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- Lidia Chymkowska

Story was great - sample the narrator first

This is a tough review to write because I REALLY wanted to love this book as a whole. It had colorful characters with original quirks (like people who consider playing the classical music on the violin so sexy that they use it as foreplay), a shrewd politician who spins a blackmail scheme to personal advantage in an incredibly clever way, and a cute immigrant housekeeper turned stripper/prostitute who doesn't go the way you'd think and defies stereotypes as she works hard to make a better life for her Mother.

The story engaged the heck out of me, but I didn't relate well to the narrator. I sped him up. I slowed him down. I did everything but play him backwards. His narration felt stiff and he chose to pause in places where the author may not have meant for there to be a pause. It made the story, which I was enjoying, hard to follow.

However, in an effort to do a reality check, I played some passages for my husband and said, can you understand this passage? And when he heard it, he said, "Yes I understood it just fine. He just sounds like he is more accustomed to narrating self-help books because he likes to enunciate each syllable clearly."

I found it distracting, and that's a bummer because I think there were parts of the story I may have missed out on since I misunderstood what was happening because of the way it was read. I'm accustomed to a more relaxed cadence. So I urge you to listen to a sample of the book, and if you're cool with the narrator, then you're likely to dig the story's originality and refreshingly original laugh out loud moments in what is otherwise a fun and entertaining murder mystery.
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- Dominique

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2015
  • Publisher: William Graham