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Wild Pitch Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

There's never been any question in Sean Tucker's mind that he'd do whatever it took to make it to the major leagues and be one of the best pitchers of his time. The day he acknowledged to himself that he was gay was also the day he vowed to stay in the closet in order to chase his dreams. The problem is, he never counted on Mason Atley.

Sean showed rookie short stop Mason Atley the ropes, both on the field and off. The two forged a friendship, which continued as both of them moved through the ranks of the farm system and into the majors. Unfortunately, there's always been one secret Mason never felt he could share with Sean - until now.

For seven years, Sean lived with the fact that he loved a man who would never reciprocate. When Mason admits that he's always known he was bisexual but has never allowed himself to pursue a relationship with a man, will Sean be able to put aside his reservations about starting a relationship with the friend he'd always assumed was straight? And, more importantly, will they be able to find a way to stay together when their careers keep them apart more than they can be together?

©2015 Sloan Johnson (P)2015 Sloan Johnson

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    Wowza 29/10/2015
    Wowza 29/10/2015

    Books on Fire are AUDIO books. I listen to one a day & plan to write that review per day as well. NOT normal book reviews - Audio feedback.

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    What disappointed you about Wild Pitch?

    The narrator is a favorite of the author's. This book has decided for me that I won't be listening to anymore of his audiobooks. He speaks like a robot, slow and monotonous. In this day, we can pick narrators that "add" the inflections. Not this one. I feel like he talks to us like we are little kids.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sloan Johnson again?

    Not anymore. :(


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book on your own but be prepared for contradictions from page one. Example - "We would do anything for the bride. Mason is so in love with her." to "He is a complete mess and she is a complete b*tch"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Gordon
    Archer, FL, United States
    09/11/15
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    "Horrible narration!"

    I wish I had listened to the bad review one reviewer gave about the narration. It was slow with individual words said instead of flowing sentences. The narrator mispronounced so many words I couldn't keep track of them. Common words. "Rescind" does not have a long "i" sound in it. A few other words: haphazard, strenuous, and the Cy Young Award is not C. Y. Young! Brutal listening.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • katelyn
    CA, US
    04/01/16
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    "Decent story - Bad Narration"

    It wasn't a terribly original story, but was sweet and well told. I liked the characters enough to give it an overall favorable review and overlook the fact that I've basically read this story before.

    This narrator has potential, but didn't hit it on this book. This was not the worst narration I've ever heard and I did listen to the whole book. (I've been known to quit after a chapter with a few bad narrations.) He has a nice enough voice, *bad* female voices though. His pacing/timing was off though and yes, many many mispronunciations - for me the worst was wrought as in wrought iron. I don't know what he said but it definitely wasn't wrought. I can forgive or overlook one or two stalls in pacing or strange pronunciations but this book was SO full of them I don't know that I will be able to listen to it a second time, even though I liked the story well enough. I hope if Christopher Rain is to continue as a regular narrator that he learns as he goes. I'd give him a second chance, but probably not a third unless things improve.

    Wish I'd waited for it to be on sale or available through the lending library.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa
    08/11/16
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    "Great Story but Slow Start"

    I almost gave up on this book in the first five minutes because I felt the beginning was too slow. I usually listen at 1x speed without any issue. However, Rain narrates way too slow for me to listen at that speed. Once I started listening at 1.25x speed, the storytelling got much better. I'm not a fan of long romance novels but this was good. It was a pleasant surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    09/07/16
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    "Bad narrattion"

    Story was pretty good, but the narration ruined the story for me. It was just a too bland narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A M
    03/06/16
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    "Luckily, I purchased the kindle version."
    What would have made Wild Pitch better?

    The narrator was not desirable. He's voice sounded as if he was choking, flat. Mason's ex-wife's voice was cringe-worthy. The other women voices were bearable.


    Has Wild Pitch turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    YES. YES. YES!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story line wasn't bad. However, the narrator did not do the story justice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HawaiiGuy
    Big Island, Hawaii
    17/03/16
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    "Good story, but narration lacking in pronunciation"
    What did you love best about Wild Pitch?

    The story was decent and interesting, but mostly MEH...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Pitch?

    Nothing really stands out.


    What aspect of Christopher Rain’s performance would you have changed?

    Editors should have reviewed the pronunciation of some of the words. He pronounced "haphazardly" as "hapa-zardly" -- several mispronunciations throughout the book became very annoying. Also the "nasal" tone and "lisping" of the female characters was rather strange.


    Who was the most memorable character of Wild Pitch and why?

    None really stood out for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abunky71
    07/03/16
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    "Bad narration murders a good book. :("
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator would have made all the difference. I'm pretty sure this narrator has never read aloud in English before despite the fact that his voice indicates his native language is, indeed, English. The story is good, not amazing, but quite good with a nice HEA, but the narration made listening to the audible version a painful experience.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sloan Johnson before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other audible books written by Sloan Johnson. However, I have read several of her books, and I like them. This book is quite similar in theme and tone to the others I've read. I'm disappointed that the same narrator performs the next book in this series, because there's no way I'm going to waste money on it despite the fact that I really like the series.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Rain?

    Jason Frazier, Sean Crisden or Charlie David


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was quite good. I liked the main characters, the setting, the tone - everything EXCEPT the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get Christopher Rain a teacher/director/sound editor/dictionary with pronunciations. He is too slow and monotone, and he doesn't seem to read aloud with ease and fluidity. He has a good, deep voice that would be lovely to listen to with appropriate pronunciation, inflection and diction, but without some additional training, he will continue to murder innocent audio-books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sheebah
    Oregon
    02/03/16
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    "Oh, the narrarator killed this book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Awful narration, mispronounced words and obvious lack of proof reading ruined this book. Improvement of any of these would have done wonders to improve this listen! It is read at such a slow rate, you have to adjust up to at least 1.25. The story wasn't totally bad but could have definitely been polished into a better read.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Nothing really, its pretty vanilla and predictable


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Rain’s performances?

    NEVER


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moritz
    United States
    16/02/16
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    "Great Story"

    I enjoyed the heck out of the story, but found it hard at times to get past the narration. Not only did it sound like he was reading a book, there were so many common words he couldn't pronounce correctly. It was very distracting. I hope he gets better, or they find someone else for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JCG
    NC
    12/02/16
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    "OK....but"

    this would be a pretty good story if it weren't for the terrible narrator. he might be a great guy or whatever but his voice will put you straight to sleep

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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