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  • Hushabye: A Kate Redman Mystery, Book 1

  • By: Celina Grace
  • Narrated by: Samara Naeymi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

Detective Sergeant Kate Redman investigates the kidnapping of Charlie Fullman, the newborn son of a wealthy entrepreneur. It seems a straightforward case, but as Kate and fellow officer Mark Olbeck delve deeper, they uncover murky secrets and multiple motives for the crime. The case brings up painful memories of Kate's own past secrets. As she confronts the truth about herself, her increasing emotional instability threatens both her career and the possibility that they will ever find Charlie Fullman alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • sent this book back.

  • By Ginny Hope on 08-25-15

Okay story, very predictable, horrible narration!!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

tThe story was okay, I guess I should not complain since it was an addition after the kindle book was free, but I did actually pay for the narration, so my complaint with that is valid. As far as the book/story goes, I will not make the mistake of reading another by this author. I have learned my lesson. I listened, because I was on the freeway already, but I was not made richer by the time spent. I really should have changed to another audiobook when I stopped for gas, but always seemed to forget after I got back on he road.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

meh

How could the performance have been better?

the story was okay, but the narration was abysmal!! Women should not attempt to narrate the male parts unless they can actually pull it off convincingly. To have her not only try to take on a deep male voice but a heavy Scottish accent on top of it(if that was actually what she intended?) was almost horrid enough to have me consider tossing the audiobook. I listen to them when in the car and that was the only reason that I listened to the whole thing-it would have been dangerous to try to change audiobooks on the freeway.Message to publishers, and narrators of both genders: Please be honest with yourselves. If you are not able to pull off convincing voices of all the characters, then please hire another narrator to play those not of your gender. It was VERY distracting every time she launched into the boss' parts, which gratefully did not happen as often as the woman detective and other female characters. Sort of like trying to listen to someone speak with constant screech of fingernails on a chalkboard in the background--pleasant, eh?When a reader is listening to an audiobook, there should be seamless and imperceptible changes between characters, no matter the gender and/or accents. I know that it can be done as I have had the pleasure of listening to books narrated by some very talented men and women. I did not notice that a man was speaking in a high pitched voice of a woman then switching back to a young man, then an old man, than a young child, etc. If it is done well, then there should not be any note taken of the change in each voice, it should just sound as if the entire cast of characters are gathered in the studio, each reading their parts...when it is only one, perhaps two narrators. It is very distracting to be made aware of the inability of a narrator to pull it off.

Could you see Hushabye: A Kate Redman Mystery, Book 1 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, please NO

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