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Gunter

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  • Controlled Burn: Stories of Prison, Crime, and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Scott Wolven
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Brooding, edgy, and sometimes violent, Controlled Burn's loosely linked stories are each in some way a distillation of hard time, spent either in prison, the backwoods of Vermont, or the badlands of the American West. Peopled by boxers, drunks, truck drivers, murderers, bounty hunters, drifters traveling under assumed names, and men whose luck ran out a thousand miles ago, these stories feel hard-won from life, and if they are moody and stark, so too are they filled with human longing.

    Gunter says: "great stories, wrong narrator"
    "great stories, wrong narrator"
    Overall

    I gave this four stars because Scott Wolven's stories are excellent. The narrator, though, is loud, tries to gives the characters "voices" - a mistake, unless you're very good, or very subtle - and when reading descriptions of landscape, the sky or the trees or the grass, pronounces everything with a cheesy announcer's flourish, so that you can imagine him waving an open hand to draw the picture in the air: "The skyyy was brilliant bluuue... with one... perfect... white cloud... drifting." You get used to it after a while but the narrator really softens the stories' punch.

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