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I was given a free copy of this story for an honest review. I wasn’t completely sure if I’d like it or not, although it did catch my attention and sounded interesting. I’m glad I asked for a copy. This was such a great, well-written story and it held my attention the whole time. When compared to a lot of stories I’ve read or listened to, I come across boring spots in which I’ll just set the story down for a while or skip ahead. In this case, that didn’t happen once, in fact, I had a hard time setting it down even for bedtime. I knew that Anthony would end up meeting and helping Inga out, in the end, yet I had no idea how the story was going to play out.
This was my first time listening to an audiobook by this narrator. While I feel she did a great job, I’m not sure if her hesitation when speaking was because of how she naturally speaks, whether it was added into the story because of the subject matter, or because she hasn’t narrated many audiobooks. Either way, it worked! The hesitation provided a nice way of showing how unsure the main characters were when confronted with some questioning situations.
In the end, I’m definitely interested in reading/listening to more by Ms. Salnikova.
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Any additional comments?
"The Voice of Waterfalls" was an incredibly pleasant surprise! As many other reviewers have noted, the book has a premise that has been done before (girl escapes evil, finds herself entrapped in a greater evil!). However, I completely disagree that this story was cliched. I think Salnikova hit on all the points we would expect, but did it in such a way that I found it satisfying, surprising and compelling. The villains in this tale are unimaginably twisted; I couldn't stop listening for I absolutely had to know how Inga was going to get out of that mess. The characters were believable despite their sinister behavior; the paranormal element was a unique and interesting plot point.
Michelle Marie, however, was the rockstar of this book for me. She pulled me in right from the beginning and made me feel pity for the characters even when I thought they were being stupid. Her voice performance was absolutely stellar - I intend to seek out more books narrated by her!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Voice of Waterfalls to be better than the print version?
I think the audio version really brought the characters to life in a way I wouldn't have done if I'd read it. I don't own the printed version so this is only my opinion
What did you like best about this story?
I felt the best bit was the main two characters, Inga and Anthony were very believable. In addition they were both likeable and that makes a big difference. If you don't like or can't relate to the characters then the outcome of the book becomes of little or no importance. They really made the story for me.
Have you listened to any of Michelle Marie’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I haven't heard her narrate before, but I would listen to her narrate again
Any additional comments?
I find that American narrators don't always come over well with English audiences. Their accents are too difficult or their pronunciation of certain words can really spoil an audio book for me. Luckily, although I was unfamiliar with the narrator's accent, it wasn't an issue because her reading was spot on. Also, the subtle changes in her voice for the different characters was very good and consistent throughout the entire 10 hours. That is very impressive