Ghostly Gay Trilogy is the story of the triumph of one man's spirit as he casts out his demons, real and imagined, and lays to rest the ghost of his lost love, learning to live again.
Life and fate have dealt Ashley Wynter a series of cruel blows. He is bereft of the job that fulfilled him and the lover who sustained him.
Summoned by a sinister anonymous message, he's lured into a twilight world of deceit, depravity, and degradation as he struggles to find out how his lover died - and why.
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I was not pleased with this book from the very outset. The editing was very poor and the narrator (something I know that we have to give a little time to get used to), wasn't animated at all and his errors (we all make them), were not edited out!). It made the storyline a bit tiresome and I did not finish the book. Have actually erased it from my iPod.
I wonder if the narrator has a shadow of a lisp; he trips over his words; yawns during reading and stumbles over words. Also, one can hear background noises and the pages turning!!! This could be forgiven - but the story is so jumpy it seems as if chunks of narrative are missing. The storyline jumps all over the place and is terribly confusing. Don't bother with this audiobook.
This is truly one of the worst books I've read, no plot development occurs without a signpost; poor characterisation and dull.
I really wanted to like this because there are so few books to choose from in the LGBT section that have a semi-decent running time, unfortunately I just couldn't. Even though the story has potential I was so distracted by the terrible narration that I couldn't even finish the miniscule 6 hours it promised. The narators voice is wavery nasal and unemotional and sometimes it sounds like he's trying to eat something while he's reading!! Please please dont make my mistake. Listen to the sample before you buy (it doesn't get better), and if you haven't got them yet head over to Mary Calmes page, or Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux Cut and Run series for a little quality.
I had relatively high expectations based on reviews I had read, but was disappointed. The writing style is cliched - you can predict many phrases and say them along with the narrator. The plot development was ponderously slow in places, but very sudden in others - almost as if part of the story has been accidentally omitted. There are enjoyable sections, but it was quite a struggle to wade through the rest of the story till you reached the next highlight.
Unfortunately what made this particular audio book even harder work was the lack-lustre narration. Granted, not all narrators appeal to every listener, but this reader sounds on occasions as if he is looking at the words for the first time: incorrect inflexion, using the wrong voice for the character supposed to be speaking, basic speech mistakes, background noises, and pauses in the middle of sentences (yawning?) are all present in this seemingly unedited recording. It sounded more like someone reading a book onto a cassette for a friend in hospital, and not something that you should expect to pay for.
This is the first book by this author that I have either read or heard, and will probably be the last to which I will listen with this narrator; I will try the next one on paper.
"Very bad reader"
This might just be the worst audio book of the year. The "reader" repeats lines, stumbles on words, shuffles pages and pauses in the middle of a sentence to turn the page. A total amateur production. Was the book any good? Can't say because it was impossible to finish this.
"Incomplete "Unabridged" Audio Book"
Unlike the other reviewers, I did manage to listen to the entire audio book. During the first hour, the narrator's voice sounds extremely odd--quavering and bloated--but this seems to fade as one gets further into the book and I question whether it is the narrator or some distortion caused by the equipment/taping. I managed to ignore the sound of pages turning and the slight pauses in the middle of sentences.
No, this audio book's problems go far deeper than the narrator's reading. BE AWARE--there are NO "stunning sex scenes" in this performance--not a single one. Either the narrator simply did not read them or the publisher/editor edited them out despite the fact that this is supposed to be an unabridged audio book. Entire chapters are missing and the listener is left to guess from the remaining bits what must have been left out. In one instance, Ashley has just heard a murder confession and is wondering what to do about it; the next second, he is recovering with his Aunt after the court case, subsequent media attention, illness and hate mail. Another major gap occurs after Ashley takes a three-hour job and ponders a relationship with someone; suddenly, it is months later, Ashley ended up employed for six months or so, had the love affair, the employer "did something to him" that caused the love affair to end badly, and Ashley is organizing an AIDS benefit.
This audio book suffers from extremely poor quality control and it is certainly my intention to request a credit to my account. In my opinion, this book should be removed until these problems are corrected.
"A bridged too far (and unintentionally)"
The reader sounded like he was drunk or about to fall asleep. Maybe he was. Maybe he did. That would explain why there are big pieces of the story missing. Purhaps he just woke up, opened the book, and started reading where the empty Jack Daniels bottle had propped the pages open. It doesn't really matter. Frail Ashley, the main character, was so maddeningly passive and ineffective at every turn of the plot that I came to loathe him. He did everything but have the vapors. There were times when the book came quite close to seeming like an expression of internalized homophobia and gay stereotypes. It is unfortunate that while there are a lot of good gay mystery and suspense books written, somehow Here and Audible offered this to us. By the way, what does the word trilogy in the title refer to?
"rotten and dull"
don't get this. the story is dull and the reader is worse. I just gave up on it.
"Just plain sucks!"
This is horrible. I don't know what more to say about it. The narration is difficult to follow, the stories are boring. I couldn't even make it all the way through the book. Buy at your own risk.
I purchased "Cry Destiny" by the same author and narrator at the same time as this story. This is the worst of the two, but not by much.
There was a story? This was bad all the way around. I don't think I even made it half way through the story. It gives dumb a bad name.
I would cast someone with a voice for audiobooks. The readers voice quivered with age. He fumbled over words. He had length pauses while you wait for him to find the right page.
If I were an editor, I would have thrown Michel Russel out of my office.
To the author, narrator, and publishing staff I am embarrassed for you. But I am sure by now you are all in other lines of work. If I didn't have to pay for this, it might have been funny to listen to segments just to hear how bad it was. It's a waste of time and money
If the option of no stars was available I would choose that. The narrator was pathetic.Kept on repeating sentences and pausing in the middle of others. Whole chunks of this book seem to be missing.
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