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I usually love this author's work. The content is an interesting departure for him, a Southern Gothic. However, I am unable to pass judgement on the writing as the audiobook is so poor. So I gave it 3 out 5. The reading is completely alienating and prevents the listener from engaging with the text. Although part of me wanted to get through it just to see how it ended, I gave up about 3 hours in.
The book is not actually narrated, but rather read, and not even read fluently. Despite the fact that the main characters are Texan and the setting is Louisiana, and that their voices and accent are mentioned in the text, there is virtually no attempt to differentiate between them. It is often difficult to discern which character is speaking during dialogue and I was confused for at least the first half about how many characters there were in the band and what their names were.
Aside from the failure to provide distinct voices to the characters, the narrative also provides little evidence of reading comprehension. Listening to it is not like being immersed in a story but more like listening to learners reading in a stilted fashion as they try to decipher the words. Reading on quickly and without pause when able, then stumbling over a few words. There is hardly any attempt to provide emphasis to words in sentences, let alone any conveyance of tone.
The 'narration' is no better than a text to speech program. It's a shame that we lost the opportunity to hear this book read competently. Hopefully it will one day be re-recorded with a different narrator.
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I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
I have to say that this book really was hard for me to get into at first. There were so many people and so much that was going on that it really did take me a bit to get into it. However, it was still good enough that even though I was confused with all the characters and the setting, I didn't want to put it down. The further into the story that I got, the more I didn't want to put it down.
I really enjoyed the way the author yanks the reader's emotions around and gets us so involved in the story. I really hope we get more stories like this from Santino Hassell. I enjoyed his Five Boroughs series, I liked this one just as much if not more.
I did get the opportunity to review the audiobook version of this book as well and I sadly have to say that I really didn't feel like the narrator did a great job. While he didn't do terrible, I really felt like he read entirely too fast and that may have contributed some of my confusion in the beginning.
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