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Carnivore is a story set in the urban area of Oakland, CA. It is a pretty standard werewolf story. Nothing really struck me as new or inventive. The story itself was enjoyable as a quick story in a genre I enjoy. It contains the usual props; silver knives, howling, and a lot of blood. The story did have an abrupt ending. I am assuming this will be the first book in a series if the author feels it has an audience.
S W Salzman did a nice job narrating. He kept his narration in sync with the pacing of the story. He does well with the different accents required by the characters. But there were times when I was ready to quit the book.
The background sound effects and music were horrible. They were distracting and often overwhelmed the narrator’s voice. The use of a guttural or demonic voice announcing each chapter was nails on a chalkboard. The beginning of Chapter Four, I can barely hear the narrator over the music. Dear Producer, please make it stop. Let the narrator carry the story. He is more than capable and the added noises were killing the audiobook.
I will try another audiobook narrated by S W Salzman if it is not produced by the same group. I may also try a book by Richard Poche. But I will definitely listen to as much of the sample as I can to make sure it does not contain all the sound effects and background music.
Audiobook provided for review by the narrator in exchange for a fair review.
Story (Plot) 3
Production Quality 1
Attention Holding 2
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If you have been following my reviews, you will know that I love werewolves. I think that I hold some pretty high standards when it comes to this sub-genre. I don’t think I ever fully got into the audiobook, I wish I could have as I think there was promise.
Carnivores by Richard Poche was a pretty straight forward werewolf story. Containing all of the cliche item you would expect. I couldn’t find anything genre bending or particularly original. I really like the concept of a street gang as a pack of werewolves.
This was my first time listening to a performance by S.W. Salzman. And I must say that he has a very nice and pleasant voice. He was able to create several different voices, including very successful tonal changes, for various characters. Changing up the pacing as the story dictated. I wish I could have heard more of him voice as much of it was being covered up. All that being said I will definitely check out more from him.
But I do have an issue with the production of this audiobook. Throughout the entire story there was constant background noises and music that really took all of my attention away for what was happening in the story. Sometimes it even overpowered Salzman’s narration. One chapter had this infernal buzzing or static or something that made my hair stand on end. If it was just title and chapter breaks that had the sound effects and modulated voice, I would have been fine with that. I am not sure who’s idea it was to add all of the superfluous and distracting sounds, I do know that it was not a good idea.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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