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Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but I loved this one and will try out more
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, and I almost did
Any additional comments?
Hello, dear Audiobooks Fans! As you may well know, Brett Battles is one of my favorites authors and when I ”heard”, earlier this year, that he is working on a new book set apart from his regular series, I was very excited! I waited almost two additional months after the Kindle release in order to get my hands on the audiobook and I’m glad that I did!
I will try to be very careful with what I tell you about the story, because I want to make you want to read it and, at the same time I must avoid spoilers at all costs… Ok, let’s try this!
Mine opens with a scene reminescent of all those scary movies that were airing on US Cable in the late 80s. A few teenagers are in Summer vacation at Camp Red Hawk, deep in the woods and some of them want to do something brave and totally stupid after their minders fall asleep. As you may imagine, everything goes terribly wrong and they all end up missing… After a few days, just three teens are found, and they are changed forever…
The story spans over 20 years and follows the three of them, a girl and two boys, as they try to understand what happened that dreadful night in the woods. Maybe, if they all three put together what they remember, they will find an answer, but how? Their memories of each other have been erased!
Mine is something new, something different from what Mr. Battles usually writes, but it is as good or even better, in some aspects, than some of his previous works. I think that Mine is targeted at a younger audience, somewhere between the ages of 16 to 24, not at fully grown male adults of 33, but, even so I listened to it almost continuously from start to finish and I can say that I loved it!
When I said that Mine is even better than some of Brett‘s previous works, I was thinking about the deep character development we can find in this book. Brett Battles is a Thriller writer at heart, with Quinn, Project Eden an Poe he delivers non-stop action, but with Mine and with the Rewinder series he takes his time to tell the story differently, and I like that very much! As I was listening, I discovered that I was deeply caring for Joel, Leah and even for Mike, cheering them on, wanting to unravel the mystery…
If you like Paranormal and Sci-Fi thrillers, you can give Mine a try and you’ll discover why I love Brett‘s work so much!
Another nice surprise, for me at least, was the selection of Kirby Heyborne as the narrator for Mine. All other series by Brett Battles are performed by some great and award winning actors that include names like Scott Brick, Abby Craden, Vikas Adam and MacLeod Andrews.
I have to admit that I didn’t listen to any audiobooks narrated by Kirby Heyborne before Mine and that I was a little anxious. I’m very picky when it comes to narrators, but I shouldn’t have worried at all! Kirby does a fantastic job with the narration, he reads, he acts, he can switch between voices easily and by doing so he keeps all the characters well differentiated for the listener… Near the end of the book there are some very tensed moments and I think that he overacted, just a little, by shouting too loud in some scenes… but, I won’t keep that against him as he delivered a great overall performance.
As a side note, I want to add that both me and my girlfriend, Alina, are listening to audiobooks everyday and as we are usually talking about what we read, I discovered that she enjoys Kirby Heyborne’s performance of the two of the three audiobooks in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy… She is at the 3rd right now and maybe she’ll start writing a few reviews soon…
I hope to see Brett Battles as he announces the next book in this series very soon and I can’t wait to listen to more audiobooks performed by Kirby Heyborne, as I enjoyed his narration very much…
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When I say AHOLE, I am not trying to be nice and shorten the whole phrase. AHOLE is what was repeated time and time again throughout the book. I really liked the first four hours of this book. It has a YA flavor, but still it was good for four hours. The book stars teens and going to summer camp is a big part of the story. The most moving part of the story is when the two teenagers hold hands. Something that is remembered with much fondness when they are in their twenties. California must have a thousand summer camps, as over ten are mentioned in the same area.
I don't know if Battles was trying to stretch the story out for a series, (everything he writes, ends up being a series and audio lists this as book one, yet book two is not available.) if he just could not figure out where to go with this, or if he was trying to write a TV series. For four hours the book has a straight forward weird Sci-fyie, feel. Is it the government or is it aliens? The next thing you know the main character is running around Mexico, like David Carradine in Kung Fu. The female lead goes through great lengths to hunt him down, and he runs away like a little girl. After some anxiety wasted time running away, he remembers holding hands and just like that their okay.
SATELLITE, TRANSLATOR, THE BEAST
With two hours left, the author is calling these people, satellites, translators and beasts. In my own mind if just seemed silly. I quit this book with two hours left. I could not be convinced to listen to the last two hours.
I have heard this narrator before and I am not a fan. He is not awful, but he has an immature sound and a cadence. If their was any doubt that is was meant to be a YA book, than this was the nail in the coffin.
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