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What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?
His voice was very clear and expressive, he was able to put on various accents for different characters that made the story flow better and his reading sound more authentic
Any additional comments?
The occasional sound effects were a great addition, but (from the perspective of a performing musician) the music was terrible. It was often out of time, repeititive or just cringeworthy. It's a very small complaint, but nonetheless annoying to hear the same poorly played song repeated for the millionth time.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The sounds! Only I can tell that, the sounds, so beautiful. Listen with headphones and you live the action within
This book has an identity crisis. It doesn't know if it wants to be:
- a love story (a la Twilight) between a boy and a girl who's unpopular and different in some way;
- or a coming of age story of a boy learning to stand up to the different pressures and expectations of his parents, his mammy-style housekeeper, his friends, assorted bullies and the small-town mentality;
- or, a boy trying to understand the mysteries of his family - his mother's work, his father's reclusiveness, his housekeeper's superstitions;
- or, a guide to the dark arts in the deep South;
- or, a girl's coming-of-age story, her tale of grappling with issues of identity and abandonment, acceptance of her true nature, being different, bullied, etc.;
- or, the story of fantastical clan and their family issues, their powers, etc.;
- or, the story of an historical couple and their tragic love (though the reader gets dumped into their climax without getting to know and care for them).
So the authorS (part of the problem?), just throw it all together. I also have some issues with the writing, the lack of psychological reality in a boy who lost his mother mere months ago (not a spoiler), and think it needs a good edit.
There is also an audio problem with this version. Every so often - I'm guessing when the characters have some sort of mental flashback - the audio goes almost silent and there's a vague murmuring noise in the background. I've tried maxing the volume on these parts (only to be deafened when story resumes at normal recording volume), but still can't make out what's being said. Very irritating.
I'm sorry I wasted good money on this one.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
If I choose an "audible book" I expect just that. A book read aloud by a good actor who if they are good can produce a range of voices - so much so that if done well you are quite oblivious of the change of characters voices from male to female. That's a fairly simple want. What I do not like is when sound effects and music are added turning it into a dramatic production. "Beautiful Creatures" was such a production. I found the constant insertion of music and sound effects intrusive and annoying. If I want the full works I'll buy a film. The storm effects on this audio were so invasive that it was difficult at times to hear the text clearly.
I have been using audiobooks for about 20 years now - on cds and now on downloads. An audiobook in my opinion should be just the spoken word. What can we expect next - poetry reading with sound effects
and a cast of thousands?
Perhaps it would be helpful if you could indicate in the write up that there are such additions then old purists like myself will know "to steer clear"
20 of 23 people found this review helpful
But I couldn't understand what he was saying in the dreams which was a bit disappointing
Both the story and the narrator are fantastic but the only problem was the dreams. It's always nice to have special effects but in this case I could barely understand a word. To hear any words spoken in the dreams I have to have my volume up to max and then suddenly the dream ends and I no longer have any hearing. Everything else as I've already said is fantastic and I would definitely recommend this book.