In a stroke of genius, the publisher chose Johanna Parker (changing her name to Charlotte Kane) to narrate Shelly Laurenston's Pride series. Shelly Laurenston writes funny, bawdy, "suspend reality and just enjoy" books. They need a skilled narrator to pull them off.
Then in a stroke of sheer stupidity, they mechanically sped up the entire narration! Did they think putting Ms Parker on fast forward would fool dedicated audiobook listeners? Or were they hoping Johanna Parker on speed combined with a name change would distance her from her fame as the narrator of the Sookie Stackhouse series?
Whatever their reasoning, it's disrespectful to the author to not provide her with the best production possible for her audiobook. And insulting to audiobook fans who can easily discern when a book has obviously been adjusted to a higher speed. No human could consistently keep up the pace in this audio.
The accelerated narration has angered fans as can be seen in Audible reviews while others capable of adjusting their ears to the engineered velocity of the narration, remain grateful to see Ms Laurenston's books in audio. I fall into the second camp but...
In the end, I hope Tantor will remove the engineering that unnaturally speeds up the narration and provide us with a quality production to match the caliber of narrator they chose for Shelly Laurenston's series.
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