Voiceover Insider Podcast #53:
Celia Siegel on VO Branding
This podcast originally appears on Voiceoverinsider.com April 19, 2018. Duration: 18 min.
This podcast originally appears on Voiceoverinsider.com April 19, 2018. Duration: 18 min.
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Narrator: Alison Campbell
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes
Publisher: Saxon Publishing⎮2018
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 4
Release date: Jan. 01, 2018
Synopsis: When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.
With her enemies unmasked and her career spiraling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.
Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.
Rachel Amphlett does it again in book 4 of the series, Hell to Pay. Crafting a sinister plot that Detective Kay Hunter will find all to personal. This series has become on of my favorites of the year in crime fiction. And for good reason–They’re awesome! Kay comes across an old adversary when she come across a traffic accident with links to a ruthless serial killer. Brewing at the same time is a mysterious drama related to Kay. Another great one!
Narrator Alison Campbell is a pleasure to listen to in every book. Very professional and skilled at conveying the emotions of the characters. She delivers an exceptional performance in every book. Way to Alison!
Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.
She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.
She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.
Author: Howard Weiner
Narrator: Laura Copland
Length: 7 hours 51 minutes
Publisher: Howard D. Weiner⎮20
Release date: Jun. 38, 2017
Synopsis: Two physicists are in a race with federal authorities and three former CIA agents to detonate a dirty bomb in Las Vegas. The physicists deploy several explosive devices, hidden in plain sight, that can be detonated at any time. Federal authorities realize too late that their best technologies, people, and staff cannot detect the existence and movement of small bombs. The safety of Las Vegas depends on three former CIA agents brought together by an employer with ill intent and strong ties to venture capitalists funding the latest crop of entrepreneurs. Who will win? Will Las Vegas be saved?
A very informative book with a fascinating plot and form of storytelling. Two remarkable physicists are set to explode a dirty bomb in the City of Las Vegas, but what you’ll discover is what set them off in the first place. The narrative is the dominate form of storytelling compared to character dialogue which caused more difficulty following the story. The characters were definitely intriguing with their own set of quirks and personalities.
I fully commend the narrator for bringing this story to life. I did struggle to finish because of the sheer amount of information without much dialogue. So I think her performance was more than outstanding. Her narration was steady, never wavering, and was full of emphasis. Laura Copland’s skills are excellent.
How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
I’d imagine everyone encounters burn-out at some point. I’ve certainly read about the issue enough. For me, getting out from behind the keyboard and doing something physical is almost magical in a way.
More recently, I found myself as a member of a team of two providing home care for my 93 year old mother-in-law. My wife of 45 years did all of the heavy lifting and unglamorous chores of caring for someone slipping rapidly into dementia. While I did some of that, I was more…logistical. I did the cooking, cleaning, shopping, and chauffeuring. Writing became a respite, when I suffered through many bouts of burn-out in home health care.
Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
Yes and no.
When we travel–especially long distance by car–I find an audiobook is a great way to both ease the journey and feel enriched by it. When I’m stationary, I confess my preference is for “reading” the old fashioned way.
Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
There are several, but one stands out in my mind.
It’s challenging to write an engaging, pulse raging, your mouth goes dry chase scene. Chapter 14, in It Is Las Vegas After All, has Alice Linda being chased through a high-rise office tower under construction.
My great fear in writing a chase scene is becoming too clinical at the loss of emotion and fear that keeps the reader glued to the page–where you absolutely must know the outcome before you can put the book down. Laura Copland’s reading of that scene kept me glued to my chair listening to the details, wanting to know the outcome–and I wrote the book!
In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
Talk about pressure. Writing one good story is challenging enough. Writing two or more with a continuing set of characters or theme reminds me of chess. Chess players begin each game with more moves and options than each succeeding move. Soon enough, the options a chess player faces are more about failure than success.
Take Lee Childs’ Jack Reacher series. Let me be clear: I will always read the latest Reacher book, and often re-read earlier ones as well. While each book is always a “great read,” I know too much about Reacher. I know when he’s about to engage in a brawl. I know how he sees each step, swing, and kick in a mathematical precision and slow motion before I read the words. And yet, Childs’ still makes me want to read the scene, see how it develops, and how badly the bad guys suffer physical damage.
The same is true of Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum novels. I know–know–the car she’s driving will meet its demise. I know Ranger will look at her and what remains of his latest expensive vehicle and say only, “Babe.” I know it. And after 24 installments, Evanovich pulls it off, well.
I am envious and I know better. It’s like batting after Babe Ruth. Why bother?
Howard Weiner was born in Washington, DC, in the distant past when Congress returned home during the summers, new best friends moved in every four years, and old ones never stayed. He attended local public schools and graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in computer science and a spouse.
For the next forty years, he pursued an extensive graduate education, served as a member of the professoriate, an entrepreneur, and leadership positions in information technology in the private and public sectors. He lived during his working years in the Washington DC suburbs and exurbs, Richmond, Virginia, in three locations on Long Island, New York, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and finally, the upper west side of New York City.
Weiner’s first work of published fiction, It Is Las Vegas After All, introduces three unlikely partners who stumble upon two refugees from higher education who abandon their promising academic careers to build and detonate a dirty bomb in Las Vegas. The story takes place in the U.S., U.K., and the former communist east Germany, and ends following a high stakes winter pursuit along the Appalachian Trail.
His second work, Serendipity Opportunity, tells a tale of the dark web meets mayhem, murder, and an international incident involving Russian and U.S. intelligence agencies.
His latest work, Bad Money, takes place in 1993 and features two unlikely heroes trying to escape members of Manuel Noriega’s former intelligence staff in a drugs for money story. The story begins, simply enough, with two suit cases accidently switched at the Miami Airport.
He is also working on two other manuscripts: One for the Price of Two and The Big Lowandowski.
Giving characters on the page a voice, an accent, and a manner of speaking is an exhilarating adventure. Through audio book narration, Laura Copland combines her classical training as an actor with her rigorous training as an attorney to approach each manuscript with intelligence, creativity, and honesty. She has appeared on Broadway and in regional theaters, and in many on-camera commercials. Her audio books include murder mysteries, time-travel, vampires, and thriller about a dirty bomb in Las Vegas. Her timing and sense of humor also enable her to give interesting reads in nonfiction, including coping with a cheating spouse, a primer for a “decent divorce,” mindfulness to combat obsessive behavior, and a Martha’s Vineyard memoir. She is the founder and director of the Women Playwrights’ Initiative at Connecticut’s Ivoryton Playhouse, which provides a workshop for women to realize their one-act plays in an environment both safe and nurturing.
For Franki Amato, life in New Orleans is anything but “The Big Easy.” When she met handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, she knew she’d finally found a man she could trust. But she can’t say the same for his sexy new secretary, who is about as trustworthy as Mata Hari and every bit as seductive. Meanwhile, Franki’s best friend and employer, Veronica Maggio, has named her the lead investigator in the murder of a gorgeous cosmetics CEO who was found lying dead in the master bedroom of a historic plantation home.
Now the pressure is on Franki to figure out what a bottle of pink lip gloss and the legend of a pink diamond have to do with the bizarre killing. The problem is that the plantation is notorious for being haunted, and Franki is less than enthusiastic about the prospect of meeting a ghost. Adding to her stress, her Sicilian grandma is up to her usual meddling antics—this time planning Franki’s engagement to Bradley before he’s even considered popping the question. As Bradley grows distant and plantation employees begin dropping like Southern belles during a sweltering summer, Franki turns to a psychic with a phobia of ghosts to solve the mysterious murders and her own relationship fears.
**Now in development for a TV movie!**
Traci Andrighetti is a really talented, witty writer! Her writing is very unique in my opinion. She combines good characters, an entertaining plot, and humor to make this book a winner. I laughed out loud several times!
Madeline does an excellent job connecting to this story. Not sure who matches narrators to stories, but this was a perfect match. Whenever the narrator is completely “into” the story it shows in their performance.
The clarity of Madeline’s voice was the first thing that caught my eye. Clear, sharp and convincing. Whenever I listen to an audio sample this is always in the forefront. And I can always tell within the first 15 seconds if I can endure an entire book with a narrator.
There was an impressive number of character voices covered in this one and I found them all entertaining! The narrative voice from detective Franki Amato’s point of view was very crisp, hilarious, and engaging.
Madeline switches between all these characters seamlessly making it seem easy.
The Narrator had a good pace throughout the book that keeps you engaged and on your feet.
Excellent. I can tell each and every character was embodied with precision. Madeline brings to life each personality that makes it very entertaining.
The narrator can do wonders for a story. They can make it appear in 3D to the reader, or deflate it entirely. Madeline, again does an marvelous job bringing you into the core of the story.
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing. Very professional sound quality. No problems here.
The overall performance was exceptional. The combination of great writing from author Traci Andrighetti and narrator performance by Madeline Mrozek was a perfect match.
Traci Andrighetti is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Franki Amato mysteries and the Danger Cove Hair Salon mysteries. In her previous life, she was an award-winning literary translator and a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a PhD in Applied Linguistics. But then she got wise and ditched that academic stuff for a life of crime–writing, that is.
If she’s not hard at work on her next novel, Traci is probably watching her favorite Italian soap opera, eating Tex Mex, or sampling fruity cocktails, and maybe all at the same time. She lives in Austin with her husband, young son (who desperately wants to be in one of her books) and three treat-addicted dogs.
Madeline Mrozek is professional Audiobook Narrator and voiceover talent. She narrates the Franki Amato Mystery series, Mailbu Mystery series and much more! Check out her body of work on Audible.
Author: Miss Mae
Narrators: Stephen Mendel, Dave Mallow, J.W. Terry, Toni Attell, Robin Riker
Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes
Publisher: Miss Mae⎮2017
Release date: Nov. 11, 2016
Synopsis: On an island bordering the coast of South Carolina, a convention is planned for “Catch Me” game enthusiasts. The game, designed by Stuart Harrington, wealthy businessman, is the genius behind the hottest game craze. But only ten guests are able to arrive before Brian, a category four hurricane, makes landfall. Lois Steinberg washes ashore on the beach. Amongst strangers, she has no idea who to trust and when Paul, the cook, is found murdered, events happen too eerily reminiscent of any “Catch Me” game that Stuart Harrington could ever conceive.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Miss Mae. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
This is one of best mysteries of I’ve heard this year. With a full cast of great narrators, stellar plotting, and a suspenseful mystery, its easy to get five stars! I’m not even sure how to describe the full experience of this book. Catch Me If you Can is an award winning book for a reason.
This cast of narrators was absolutely phenomenal. They each had well written characters who seemed to “leap off the pages” with their own motivations in the story. The production quality and sound effects played a very critical role throughout the book in my opinion. From the background music, sound of the storm, echoes from various spaces, footsteps, fights, you felt like you were in the theater! My only beef was in the very beginning. The sound of the storm wind overpowered the voice of the narrator and that made for a slow start. Very professional.
Miss Mae is all about romantic mysteries. With her writing style compared to the likes of Agatha Christie, her books “Said the Spider to the Fly”, “When the Bough Breaks”, “Dove Island”, “It’s Elementary, My Dear Winifred” and “See No Evil, My Pretty Lady” are award winning best sellers. The novellas “Miss Penelope’s Letters”, and “Through a Glass Darkly” have received top rated five-star reviews. Her latest murder mystery, “Catch Me If You Can”, in audio format, has won the platinum award in the 2017 Hermes Creative International Competition. Tantalizing trailers, and more information, is readily available at her website.
She’s also penned three tales in the ‘Ahoy, Mischaps!’ children’s/humor series. Book #1 is “Ahoy, Gum Drop!” followed by Book #2 “Ahoy, Out There!” with Book #3, “Ahoy, Mummy Mia!” In these slightly cracked stories, readers are introduced to a cast of intriguing, extraordinary and downright bizarre characters, accompanied by the one and only I.B. Nosey, the ‘official unofficial’ reporter. To learn more about the ‘Mischaps’ and cyberspace’s only Pukelitzer Award winning interviewer, visit ‘Feeling Nosey?’
Welcome to the audiobook blog tour organized by Audiobookworm promotions. Received a free copy of the book for review purposes.
When Chelsea Givens discovered that her ex-boyfriend Drew dumped her to be with her former best friend Lizzie, she’d never felt so betrayed in her life. Then her new friend Shannon tells her she can help set things right. Chelsea’s willing to listen, but what Shannon wants her to believe — that she shared a past life with Drew — is impossible. And what she wants her to do to get him back … well, it’s downright crazy.
Author: Michelle Madow
Narrator: Andrea Emmes
Length: 12 hours 57 minutes (Box set)
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing⎮2017
Genre: Clean Romance
Series: The Transcend Time Saga, Books 1-2
Release date: Aug. 25, 2017
Synopsis: Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from 1815, England… but she doesn’t realize it until she meets her soul mate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return.
The series began with Remembrance, was followed by the short story Vengeance, and concluded with Timeless. The series has sold a significant number of copies, and has received much praise from reviewers. Read all three parts together in this special box set!
This was a short but sweet one. Vengeance, book 1.5 of the Transcend Time Saga, is a nice development of the storyline. It takes place through Chelsea Givens point of view and how she reacts from the betrayal of her best friend Lizzie and ex-boyfriend Drew. It takes her back to her past through unusual means that will definitely affect her relationships in the present. Interesting too see what happens next in book 2, Timeless!
This was a short one so I’ll be brief. Andrea Emmes again is brilliant embodying Chelsea Givens point of view and her new ally Shannon. See the complete narrator review here. But I’ll sum this one up in two words….
Michelle Madow is a USA Today bestselling author of fast paced fantasy novels that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!
She grew up in Maryland and now lives in Florida. Some of her favorite things are: reading, traveling, pizza, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.
Audible Best Selling Narrator, Andrea Emmes was born in Hollywood, FL and grew up in both Tennessee and Rhode Island, started her career in musical theater. Cutting her teeth at The Trinity Arts Center in Rhode Island, Andrea eventually made her way to Orlando and began her eclectic career singing/dancing in various shows at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Pirates’ Dinner Adventure, performing as a magician’s assistant, headlining on the Las Vegas Strip and touring Los Angeles as an L.A. Award winning artist with her album, “I’m On My Way”.
Having worked in tv, film and video games, Andrea, a total Book Nerd, now enjoys narrating audiobooks at her home studio in San Jose, California.
Her wide range of character voices and dynamic/emotionally invested performances has reviewers and listeners alike commenting on how she effortlessly pulls listeners in, and has versatility and charisma.
Author: Tal M. Klein
Narrator: Matthew Mercer
Length: 8 hours 42 minutes
Publisher: Audible Studios⎮2017
Release date: Jul. 25, 2017
Synopsis: It’s the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport—a secretive firm headquartered in New York City. Their slogan: Departure… Arrival… Delight!
Joel Byram, our smartass protagonist, is an everyday twenty-second century guy. He spends his days training artificial intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980’s new wave—an extremely obscure genre, and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems—until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.
Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.
What was it like writing your first book?
Probably the third hardest thing I’ve ever done, behind parenthood, and having to fire someone.
Why hard science fiction?
I don’t have a good reason for that. I sort of fell into it. I’ve never gotten great grades in science, but always enjoyed hard science fiction books. I like to say, “I’m not a scientist, I’m just friends with a lot of them.” The genre sort of found me. Once it did, I did my best to stay true to it.
Who is Joel Byram?
He’s just this guy in the 22nd century, y’know. He’s a slacker king. He loves his wife, loves his life, and enjoys the status quo-ness of everything. Then his world falls apart and he’s forced to fight for everything he’s always taken for granted.
What does he truly care about?
After all is said and done, his wife’s love is the most important thing to Joel.
Describe a few things you learned while researching this book.
Oh man, I learned so much! Learning that the Mona Lisa has an older sister was incredible. A lot of the scientific innovations in the book just shocked me. I couldn’t believe we were already teleporting photons—isn’t crazy we’re already living in the age of teleportation? And the amazing stuff Oxitec is doing to solve mosquito-borne illnesses with CRISPR. We’re living in the future!
If you could teleport anywhere where would you go?
I’m on the road right now, so I’d probably teleport home. Sorry, I know it’s a lame answer, but I get homesick a lot.
Name a few things that helped you learn how to write.
I owe a lot to Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat and Robert McKee’s On Writing. These two methods have truly improved my writing exponentially. Most importantly: my wife! I owe the voice of every female character in my book to her.
What would you do if there were two of you?
We’d have to live in different countries. I’m pretty sure we’d be fighting all the time if forced to be in close proximity to each other.
Who are your favorite authors?
Larry Niven, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Scott Meyer, Robert Kroese.
What’s next for you?
The Punch Escrow sequel!
Tal M. Klein was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. When she was five years old, his daughter Iris wrote a book called I’m a Bunch of Dinosaurs that went on to become one of the most successful children’s book projects on Kickstarter ―something that Tal explained to Iris by telling her, “your book made lots of kids happy.” Iris then asked Tal, “Daddy, why don’t you write a book that makes lots of grownups happy?” Tal mulled this over for a few years, and eventually wrote his first book, The Punch Escrow. It won the Inkshares Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction publishing contest, and is the first book published on the Geek & Sundry imprint.
This was one entertaining read for a debut book. Author Tal M. Klein is very bright, witty, with brilliant plotting and is an excellent source of technology. I laughed out loud several times while listening to this book.
The concept for this book is not only original, but fascinating. The ability craft it into a workable story, then deliver it on the page speaks to the skilled potential that lies behind the pen. Looking forward to the sequel.
Narrator Matthew Mercer did a phenomenal job for his first audiobook! Amazing. He embodied the story perfectly and remained transparent throughout the book, which isn’t an easy job. It’ll be interesting to see what else he’ll accomplish down the road.
Some of the voices that Mercer was able to come up with were excellent, entertaining and impressive! I personally enjoyed the voice for the character Taraval. The switchback from narrative voice of Joel to other characters was superb. Hard to believe this was his first audiobook. The voices for artificial intelligence were also very notable.
Pacing throughout the story was great. Clear and understandable.
This is also an area where great narrators are separated from the rest of the pack. The know where to place the right amount of emphasis, and gives place to creativity to enliven the story. There were flashes of brilliance that totally brought the characters alive, especially during conflict, and emotional tension.
This is where I judge how well the narrator ushers me into the story based upon their performance. I say again, Mercer has the skill to do the job. I gave him a high rating because he embodied the characters so well, and remained a transparent medium through which the reader can connect to the story. Awesome. Hats off to Matthew Mercer.
Produced by Audible Studios. Excellent sound quality.
Very satisfied with this performance and recommended to listen.
Matthew Christopher Miller, known professionally as Matthew Mercer or Matt Mercer, is an American voice actor involved in English dubs of Japanese anime as well as cartoons, films and video games. In anime shows, he voiced Levi in Attack on Titan, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Kanji Tatsumi for episodes 13-26 in Persona 4: The Animation and Trafalgar Law in the Funimation dub of One Piece. In video games, he voices Leon S. Kennedy in the Resident Evil series, Jack Cooper in Titanfall 2, Chrom in Fire Emblem Awakening, McCree in Overwatch, MacCready in Fallout 4 and Yusuke Kitagawa in Persona 5. In addition to voice-over, Mercer has developed some live-action web series including a Nintendo character parody called “There Will Be Brawl” and the famous Geek & Sundry and Alpha Dungeons & Dragons gaming session show “Critical Role.” The Punch Escrow is his first audiobook.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Tal M. Klein. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers her trademark nonstop suspense and supercharged sexual tension in this thriller about tainted heroism, cold fury, and vengeance without mercy.
Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she’s hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, the Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews–until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to the Major–even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.
Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, John Trapper wants no association with the hotel bombing or his hero father, and spurns the meddling reporters determined to drag them back into the limelight. Yet Kerra’s sheer audacity and tantalizing hints that there’s more to the story rouse Trapper’s interest despite himself. And when her interview of a lifetime goes catastrophically awry–with unknown assailants targeting not only the Major, but also Kerra–Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he’s going to track down the gunmen before they strike again . . . as well as discover, finally, who was responsible for the Pegasus bombing.
Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence collected during his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces and risk their very lives to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy running deep through Texas–and uncover who would want a national hero dead.
Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles
This was actually my first book by Sandra Brown and she didn’t disappoint! She unraveled this mystery with the skill of an experienced thriller master. I’m very impressed in every regard.
The characters leap off of the page, grab you by the collar and compel you to be invested in them. It’s that good. Former ATF agent John Trapper is quite an interesting character to say the least. The relationship between him and famed television journalist Kerra Bailey is potent throughout the book. If you love crime fiction, mystery, romantic suspense, then you’ll love this one. It’s sure to win some kind of award.
Sandra strings you along the plot line like a master fisherman and the patience of a master strategist. Once you’re hooked there’s no escape until the last page is consumed. The story is absolutely genius.
Narrator Victor Slezak absolutely nails this performance. Dude was completely in the zone in this one. The best narrators let you see the story through them as a medium. Excellent work.
From Character to character, male or female, then back to the narrative voice was superb. The southern accent of John trapper, his father (the Major), Glenn the Sherriff, and Pastor Hank were memorable. Slezak’s female voice of Kerra isn’t bad either.
This one is hard to judge because is does match the southern drawl spoken by the characters. I think the ability to control the narrative flow or pace of the story speaks to the skill of the narrator.
Victor Slezak really steps into the shoes of each character and delivers every time. Most notably, one of the main characters, John Trapper was quite memorable. One of the best performances I’ve seen of any character portrayal.
This is where I judge how well the narrator draws you into the story based upon their skill. Excellent! Not everyone does this well, but Slezak knocks it out of the park. I kept coming back for more.
Sound Quality: 10/10
Publisher: Hachette Audio. No problem here. Very professional.
Overall Performance: 10/10
I wouldn’t be surprised if this won an award. Hats off to Hachette Audio.
Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. His father, Dan Robie, has been arrested and charged with murder.
Father and son haven’t spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left town. In that time, Dan Robie – a local attorney and pillar of the community – has been elected town judge. Despite this, most of Cantrell is aligned against Dan. His guilt is assumed.
To make matters worse, Dan has refused to do anything to defend himself. When Robie tries to help, his father responds only with anger and defiance. Could Dan really be guilty?
With the equally formidable Jessica Reel at his side, Robie ignores his father’s wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case. But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown, an outsider, a man who has forsaken his past and his family. His attempts to save his father are met with distrust and skepticism…and violence.
Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father’s case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son. And this time there may be no escape for either of them.
©2015 David Baldacci (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Each book keeps getting better and better as the series goes on. I thought my favorite in the series was The Innocent. I was convinced it couldn’t better than this, then BAM, The Guilty comes along and shatters my expectations. Amazing. I’m continually amazed how David Baldacci has written this series. He excels at giving you the unexpected. Will Robie is forced to deal with his past demons with his father back in Cantrell, Mississippi. But when he goes back to his home town he finds that his father has been charged with a mysterious murder. Robie is stuck in a dilemna where he has to face his father, or fail at his job in the field. He must go back in order to go forward. Excellent read! Can’t wait for the November release of the End Game.
The first three books of the series was narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy, however in this one, Kyf Brewer steps in along with Cassidy to perform one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever heard. It’s that good! I associate Brewer’s voice with one of Baldacci’s newest creations, Amos Dekker.
Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy both bring you directly into the story through their narration. They both have rich skilled voices and don’t stick out in any way.
Seeing how each narrator switches back and forth between characters with their own unique voices, genders and accents are one of my great pleasures in listening to audiobooks. This is one huge plus you get in audiobooks that you normally wouldn’t appreciate in reading them.
Both Brewer and Cassidy are great in the pacing department. The reason why I include this in my reviews is because some narrators are so slow I couldn’t put up with it for another 10, 12, 16 hours. I’d pull my hair out first.
Their emphasis is some of the best I’ve seen from any narrator. They really make the characters come alive. This is strength of both Brewer and Cassidy. Probably their greatest asset.
Perfect. Their drew me right into the story and wouldn’t’ let me go until the end. Kyf Brewer did a better job in this book than the Amos Dekker series in my opinion. I connected very well through them as the medium.
Sound Quality: 10/10
Publisher: Hachette Audio. This production was absolutely entertaining. It has the subtle dramatic effects of gunfire, music and other effects that build up the suspense, conflict and tension.
Overall Performance: 10/10
One of the best audiobook performances I’ve ever heard!
Book five in the Will Robie Series is due Nov. 14, 2017. Pre-order it today End Game