Hot Air

  • by Denise Kahn
  • Narrated by Denise Kahn
  • 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Terror at the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.
Hot Air, a thriller filled with passion, romance, survival and courage. Sean Sandoval, half Navajo, half Irish, has bravery in his blood and passion in his heart. From boyhood to one of the Air Force's elite pararescuemen, his path in life is always connected to air.
As a hot air balloon pilot Sean communes with that air. As a pararescuer, he flies into danger to saves lives.
An enemy combatant from the mountains of Afghanistan, presumed killed, arrives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is bent on such revenge that he puts thousands of people at the annual International Balloon Fiesta in lethal danger.
Will Sean be able to stop the extremist in time, or will the murderer accomplish his mission first?

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Great Narration from the author!

I really am picky with my audible stories and what I choose to listen to because I cannot follow a narrator that I do not enjoy. This book was narrated by the author herself which I found to be quite the selling point when deciding whether or not I wanted to listen to this. I think the fact that Denise Kahn narrated the story herself really brought it to life, I love hearing stories from the storyteller.

The title is great and there is terror, passion, action, and everything in between. Sean sounds like quite the character being half Navajo and half Irish. His career is thrilling and dangerous. This story is perfect for those who enjoy a military romance with danger and excitement.
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Long winded with a lot of irrelevant backstory

I desperately wanted to enjoy Denise Kahn’s Hot Air but a failure to deliver on its promise, combined with amateur narration made it very difficult, despite her enjoyable and easy style of writing.

The story promises an exciting adventure high in the air when a hot air balloonist has to use his former military training to prevent an act of terrorism floating above a major event. The open scene certainly delivers on this promise. It sets up a lot of tension and excitement for what is to come.

Immediately after that first chapter however, the story drops back in time to when the hero was just a boy and, for the next 50 or so chapters, the tale meanders through his life story and even goes further back in time so that we learn how the boy’s parents met and fell in love. Much of the story is irrelevant and therefore uninteresting.

Credit where credit is due: Kahn seems to have done a lot of research, from hot air ballooning to the war in Afghanistan. The different elements of this story are presented very believably.

There is an argument that an author should never narrate their own book unless they are a professional narrator or actor. This is a prime example. Kahn’s narration lacks any real voice characterisation and her accents vary from vaguely okay to awful. Her pronunciation of various Dari words – which is one of two primary Afghan languages – are mostly quite good, with just a few exceptions. With native Dari speakers in my immediate family, I was both delighted and disappointed to hear the language spoken in this audiobook! Anyone familiar with some of the accents she uses, in particular the Irish accent, will cringe.

While she lacks any decent characterisations in her reading, she does use computer generation to change the tone of her voice, deepening it for male characters. This is very clever and very effective.

Perhaps the biggest failing of Hot Air, is that the blurb to promote the book has very little to do with the story. By the time we get to the act of terrorism, we are so distanced from the promise of the novel that it is hard to care any more. The climax is also so short lived that it isn’t really worth the wait.

The whole history of the main character, in particular in his military background, sets up the finale but has very little to do with how he handles the terrorist, and by this time, there is still no indication about why we needed to know his parent’s lengthy history.

If the author had been more honest with the blurb, it would attract the kind of person interested in this story, rather than attracting people coming into it with a far different expectation and then being disappointed. Manipulating her voice for characterisation may be a good thing, but manipulating potential punters into buying her book is completely unacceptable.

For other audiobook reviews, check out my audiobook site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com. As for this title, the name, Hot Air, sums it up perfectly.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-16-2017
  • Publisher: 4Agapi