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I am really, really upset with Audible for what they did with this audiobook. There really isn’t any excuse for it. For a company who is the leading distributor of audiobooks, and one of the major producers of audiobooks, a mistake in casting this bad should never be made. The book is told from the perspective of a woman, with many strong female characters, and the main antagonist are also female, yet, the narrator is a male. Not just a male, but a male with a pretty deep baritone voice. I can not tell you how many times in this 6 hour production that I had to remind myself that the narrative voice should be female. The funny thing is, when the book originally started, I thought that perhaps the Hardeman’s were a homosexual couple, until I found out that our perspective character’s name was Lucinda. Now, Dennis Holland isn’t a bad narrator. He did a great job giving the book a Texas feel, but it was a male Texas feel. Having a male narrator was simply asinine. There are so many great female narrators that could have taken on this role, Xe Sands, Cassandra Campbell, Khristine Hvam… Hell, Tai Sammons would have been brilliant here. It angers me to no end how simply wrong and lazy this casting was. It would have been like casting Tom Arnold to star in Pretty Women, or to have Carrot Top star in a Malcolm X biopic, or cast Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher… oh, wait… So, yes. WRONG. I just wonder if anyone at Audible actually read the novel. Harrumph…
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes, it was well worth the listen.
What does Dennis Holland bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?
Narrated well, production was seamless, no heavy breathing or noticed edit breaks.
Any additional comments?
This was not as action packed as I had expected. The story is good enough that you pay attention to characters, but not as exciting as other titles in the SHTF / T.E.O.T.W.A.W.K.I. genre that seems to be expanding with new stories monthly. As a prepper myself I love to read(listen) these books for the authors point of view and research on post fall living.
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