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I had been resisting purchasing the Meredith Duran books because I had never heard/read any of her books before. Then I read the reviews, I was astounded by the reviews of the narrator, Alison Larkin, the reviews are what had actually induced me to buy the two author's books. I couldn't imagine a book that was narrated by Alison Larkin getting such terrible reviews.
Since the first book I had heard narrated by her, I have been going book-by-book through her list. I am a self described romance fanatic, I won't mention my vast audiobook collection, but suffice it to say I have heard many audiobooks, and Alison Larkin is one of my absolute favorites. She has amazing talent, and brings every book to life, and every character in a crowd is easily distinguished. There is a huge difference between just reading a book, and narration. Compare Julia Roberts (who narrated "Nanny Diaries") to Alison Larkin, and Alison Larkin would win, hands down. I only hope she will read many more romances in future.
I was, happily, introduced to Meredith Duran's books by way of the narrator. What a great combination of author and narrator. I will look forward to more of her books.
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What would have made That Scandalous Summer better?
A better, more mature narrator. Alison Larkin has a school girl's voice. She is unable to make a male character sound like one. Even her women sound like high school girls. I know that Meredith Duran self-publishes, and I would imagine that means she has control over who records her books as well. I just hope that whoever it is gets a narrator with more range. Alison Larkin might work for a young adult book, although I think I still wouldn't like her in that. She is a bit over-vivacious, and there are still adults and men in young adult books usually. I don't think at this point she could even make a boy sound like a boy. So in this instance, it isn't possible for me to really review the book. I bought it because of all the good reviews and I have to believe it's worth reading. When my eyes are up to it, I'll try the kindle version. But for now, it's a big disappointment.
What didn’t you like about Alison Larkin’s performance?
As I said above.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Couldn't get there; the narration is in the way. It makes the book seem trivial.
Any additional comments?
I wish that Audible and equivalent companies would have standards to help publishers and self-published authors to choose their readers. An audiobook is worthless if the narrator is bad.
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