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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I really wanted to like this audiobook, but......
For the first time I discovered how narration can truly get in the way of a good tale. I don't think I blame Jill Melancon overmuch for the poor performance, but I do blame the director....or whomever decided that yelling through the vast majority of the story like a speed freak at the peak of a high, was a good idea. There are times during the story (far to few in my opinion) that J.M. reads in a fairly normal voice and tone, which is why my complaint is against the director. It's obvious that she knows how to perform an audiobook, but I think in this case, she wasn't allowed to.
A slower pace and less hollering would've put this one near the top of my list because it really is a good story, but the insanely fast and yelling narration was so dang irritating, that it took me over two weeks to get through it. I had to take several breaks during listening and switch to another book just to give my ears a rest. I'm sure some people will be able to get around it for the sake of the story (after all, I did), but it was a struggle. I don't know about anyone else, but I work too hard for the money I make to purchase audiobooks that require an extraordinary effort just to make it through to the end.
My advice - skip the audio version and go straight for the hard copy or electronic. Your ears will thank you.
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Would you try another book from Charles R. Verhey and/or Jill Melancon?
I read this book about a year before I picked up the audio version and loved it. I've been waiting for the second book since then, though I'm not sure if I would go with the audio version of the second book.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I'm not entirely sure that the narrator is fully at fault for anything in this. The production seemed a little rough. There were times that the audio seemed to get really quiet which seemed to be inevitably followed by some very loud yelling. I listened to the majority of this during my commute and having to turn the volume up very loud to hear the normal conversation and then get my eardrums blasted by the yelling was not pleasant.
Was Firecracker worth the listening time?
It wasn't terrible and I think the narrator did a good job representing Cass. The yelling and volume issues were the main detraction. The story is truly excellent and is totally worth the time to either read or listen depending on your preferences.
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