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Pete

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  • Scotty Jackson Died... But Then He Got Better

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated By Jack London
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Scotty Jackson is a gay boy in trouble. His fanatically religious parents cannot accept his attraction to other boys. Scotty tries to fool them at first, but they grow suspicious and clamp down on him until his life isn't worth living. Fearful that Scotty's parents will send him away to be 'cured,' Scotty's friends spirit him away while desperately seeking a way to make his life better. While Scotty is in hiding, Dorian comes up with a brilliant idea to improve Scotty's life. He'll kill Scotty!

    Jeff says: "Book fell short of Marks other books"
    "Buy the book on this one..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Scotty Jackson Died... But Then He Got Better the most enjoyable?

    I was sold on the title. I kind of knew what was going to happen and I just wanted to see how Mark Roeder was going to do it.


    What didn’t you like about Jack London’s performance?

    Jack London's performance didn't provide identifying voice changes for the characters, so it was difficult to know who was talking in a conversation. When the point of view changed, there wasn't a sufficient pause to register the transition. One almost had to be reading along with the book to properly follow the story.

    Another thing that threw me off was Jack London's Canadian accent. It didn't sound like a person from Indiana.

    Finally, it sounded like the characters were in fourth grade rather than eleventh grade (or junior year in high school, if you'd rather).

    I would assume that this was Jack London's first narrating session and I apologize for being so critical of his performance. Hopefully he will do better on his next reading.


    Any additional comments?

    There was also a problem with the recording itself. The recording started six pages into the story in the middle of a scene. I reported it to Audible (Selena B) and it should be corrected eventually.

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