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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Narration killed it.
A better narrator maybe. The weird pausing mid-sentence, lack of emotions in the voice and almost same style of delivery for all characters - all of these made it a very bad listening experience.
Moreover, the book has multiple POVs that the story jumps to. So, with the bad narration, it becomes very difficult to keep track of what's happening.
I received this free review copy from the author / narrator / publisher and am leaving an unbiased review.
- Bikram Agarwal
I had a really hard time listening to this one...
I really don't know... I've got confused feelings about the book and the interpretation of it...
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...
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 :)
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Lidia Chymkowska