The information in this audiobook and the way it's written are confusing enough, and on top of that, the narration! Oy! She's awful! As I've listened to this, I keep thinking, "What is the author trying to say?!?" because the narration is so stilted it detracts from the message. Her articulation is too perfect (never thought I'd be saying something like that), and her cadence is not at all natural.
I've been an Ann Rule fan for years - but now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I'm even more of a fan. It's been a while since I was so hooked to a story, I listened to the events unfold during every spare moment I could steal away from the daily grind. The story of Randy Roth was utterly fascinating. My only criticism - and I admit, I'm probably being picky - is the narration. This is the second time I've listened to an audiobook narrated by Laural Merlington (and again, that was another fascinating audiobook I couldn't put down), and ... she over-enunciates. For example, every time she says "our," it sounds like "ow-wer." But she does read at a perfect pace, I'll say that. So overall, if you are a True Crime fan, get this audiobook!
I wasn't sure purchasing this audiobook was a wise choice. "Thirty hours? Really?" I thought. Having read and seen "The Smartest Guys in the Room," however, this book seemed like the next step. I was not disappointed!! It was like crack in audiobook form. From the first chapter, the listener is drawn into the fascinating financial maelstrom that is the notorious Enron legacy. Eichenwald's writing provides much detail without it being overwhelming, while moving the story along at a compelling pace - not an easy combination to achieve - and Robertson Dean's narration ... I would listen to that man read from the telephone book. I'd have to say this is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. My only recommendation would be to keep a running list of all the players, because so many people are involved.
This is a treasure trove for any and everything you'd like to know about depression. It's written in layman's terms. There is an abundance of research presented. Best of all, the author himself has experienced depression, so he knows what he's talking about. I am slogging my way through a major episode of depression at this time, so I understand what people mean when they say, "Listening to this book made me feel depressed/worse." While the information is bleak in nature, the author also expresses an attitude of hope, and stresses again and again that recovery is possible.
All of that being said, while I give the author his props, another narrator would have worked better for me.
I am writing this review prematurely, as I have not yet finished the entire audiobook, but I just had to weigh in on the narration. It's AWFUL! I constantly have my hand on the volume control, adjusting to where I can hear the narrator's mumbling, which then becomes too loud because he starts to speak and enunciate clearly. Another reviewer said that the narrator swallows his words at the ends of sentences - that is an accurate description. This is the second time I've listened to this narrator read a book; I'll never make that mistake again. It's a shame, because so far, this is a great "page turner"!
I live in Oregon, so I apologize for what might seem a picky complaint. I'm a fan of Ann Rule, have been for years. I'm used to her writing style and this book doesn't disappoint. It was made into a Lifetime movie that was also well-done. Having said all of that, as Chris stated in his review, the narrator's voice had that creepy/sinister edge to it. If that wasn't bad enough (here comes the picky part), he kept mispronouncing "Willamette," which, for Oregonians, is a big thing. Every time he said it, I cringed. So I'd have to say read the book, watch the movie, but this audiobook? Meh.
eksentrik1's review stated, "If you are looking for Supernatural Studies 101, this is the book for you," and I wholeheartedly agree. This was a great introduction to the world of psychic phenomena and mediumship. James Van Praagh's personal stories highlight the information presented.
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