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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Take out a massive amount of the pointless violent sexual content. I'm fine with sex and gore in a book or a movie but this book takes it to a new, very unwanted level. Adult themes have their place in a mature story but in Rabbit Heart they are overused and abused in ways I can only describe as vulgar.
If you’ve listened to books by Barry Reese before, how does this one compare?
I've never listened to a book by this author before and will most likely avoid doing so in the future. The writing is cliche and uninspired, its only redeeming quality is the main character Fiona who is interesting and has some depth to her.
Would you be willing to try another one of Von Whadel’s performances?
Yes, Whadel's performance in this one was not fantastic by any means but the voices he uses for the different characters make them seem distinct and alive. That said its a very, for lake of a better word, amateurish performance. I would not be opposed to listening to a better book voiced by him maybe after he has more experience (I don't know if he has done voice work in the past but it seems like he hasn't). On another note the editing is terrible, many of the mistakes he makes (which is bound to happen) be it mispronunciations, stutters or unintended pauses in dialog are just left in where they could have been removed or edited together to sound better.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rabbit Heart?
Everything related to the purple sapphire. In the middle of the story as its established the author introduces the magical mcguffin completely out of nowhere. Its seems like it was just added on a whim and I think it takes time away where character could have been fleshed out more or the story could have been improved. Also the rampant tasteless violent sexual encounters the main villain has.
Any additional comments?
On the subject of the issues of sex and violence I keep coming back to. There is a way to include sexual themes or violent content in a way that is tasteful, I really believe that.You can get extremely brutal as well as erotic without it feeling so crude. In this case it adds nothing to the story and appears to be present for no purpose other than for shock and awe. If you want a book that borders on gore porn then this is for you. Even if you don't like that kind of experience but will tolerate it for the sake of a good story and interesting characters this book is not for you.