©2006 Jay Giles; (P)2006 Reagent Press
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"Blindsided by the good reviews"
While the premise of the story was interesting enough to keep me listening until the end, the narration was off-putting enough to make me take frequent breaks. The female characters' voices and the extreme nasal quality of some of the male characters are dreadful. Except for the voice of Matt Seattle the other male characters' voices are merely annoying. The constant mispronunciation of "d'Onofrio," the name of one of the main characters, is also distracting.
Some of Matt Seattle's actions and reactions aren't very believable, but I found myself rooting for him to prevail.
I might listen to more of the author's work, but will studiously avoid anything read by the narrator of "Blindsided."
I am wondering how this recording was released by the publisher. If I didn't know better, I'd think the voices were a comedy act. The insensitivity to the book is overwhelming-such as when he reads about the main character's family's car accident.
I listen to many books. This is the worst ever. The only good character, Eddie, the dog,is killed quickly and the balance of the book is lame.
"Bad. Bad, bad."
Amateur story, terrible narration. It doe s not deserve the one star I gave it. Would never recommend this to anyone.
"I wish I could give the narrator zero stars."
This might be a good story, but the narrator's overacting is annoying and the voices he creates for the different characters sound completely fake. I'm the kind of person who, once I get into a story, has to keep going to find out what happens, whether I'm enjoying it or not. For this one, I made an exception. Maybe I'll give the author a shot and finish it on Kindle.
Worst I have listened to
The reading was so bad it was almost laughable Sorry
It was a good book overall, but, the narrator could have been a better reader!
Good storyline. Several twists with a few quirky charaters make this a fun, easy read. The feel good ending a little over the top, but not enough to detract. At times the audible reading sounded odd. I felt the pronunciation of D'Onifrio is incorrect or maybe too "Americanized" for me.
"Awful narration, I couldn't last 20 minutes"
One of the worst narrating jobs I've ever heard. The narrator sounds like the old guy you meet at the race track who wants to give you betting tips. His cavalier attitude when describing the death of the main character's family is so ridiculously blase I had to stop listening 20 minutes in. His imitation of female voices sounds like the voice you would make when trying to mock your wife/girlfriend during an argument. Do not recommend.
Didn't make it that far.
Literally anyone else.
No. And the worst part is that I wasted my money.
"Narration was awful"
The book was good. The reading was the worse i have ever heard. The character voices sounded like an amateur trying to change his voice.
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