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South Face Audiobook

South Face

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Publisher's Summary

2015 Readers Choice Award Winner in Paranomal Fiction

In 1989 Karl Blaine and his wife Fiona traveled to Nepal to climb Mt. Everest with their college friend Zachary. Only Zachary came back alive. Two decades later, in 2009, a French climbing expedition discovers Karl's frozen remains. Of the five man party who finds Karl, only the Sherpa guide makes it down alive. He brings with him a whooper of a ghost story no one can believe.

When a much older Zachary is notified of this discovery, it sets off a dangerous chain of events that puts Zachary and Karl and Fiona's son, Derrick, on a collision course. What did Karl have in his possession when he disappeared? What really happened in 89? Can what the Sherpa guide reported really be true? And one other question.... Is Fiona Blaine still entombed at the top of the world?

Disclaimer: This book contains dangerous airports, bribery, frozen corpses, trophy wives, gold diggers, ethnic stereotyping, and hotel staff behaving badly. Also workplace infidelity, drug abuse, bad coffee, and things that go bump in the night. Any resemblance to actual living persons is accidental, but if the shoe fits....

©2014 C. F. Waller (P)2017 C. F. Waller

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    tearai New Zealand 06-22-17
    tearai New Zealand 06-22-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A mixed review, unfortunately"
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    Look, I actually really enjoyed this story. All of the main characters are well defined, have good back stories and contribute to the overall flow. The concept of encountering the supernatural on Mt Everest was a good one, and I didn't know where it would end.

    The plot twisted and turned enough to keep me interested and it has a cool ending that I wasn't really expecting.

    Thank goodness, though, that the narrator told you which character each chapter was about. As per other reviews, there was no audible way of determining who each character was via voice tone etc, so you definitely needed the context from the chapter title.

    I haven't listened to/read a book written in multiple first person before and so, if you are not a fan of this, this book might frustrate you.

    However, C F Waller does another good job with this book, albeit the narration let's it down.

    I would like to thank the author and publisher for providing me this book via audiobook boom dotcom in exchange for an impartial review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tad B. New York 08-08-17
    Tad B. New York 08-08-17 Member Since 2015

    I love audio books.

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    "Narration is a Deal Breaker"
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    It's hard for me to give this book an accurate review. The first half of the story felt so unbelievably slow that I almost stopped listening. Once the story gets to the point where the people in present time are on Everest, the story picks up a lot. That said, perhaps the entire book is enthralling. The narration was so boring and passionless I really can't tell. The narrator didn't attempt to do difference voices for the characters so I often wasn't sure who was speaking. Basically, this story might be really quite good but I'll never know because the narration was truly awful. I hope Waller picks a different voice actor next time!

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Florida 06-02-17
    Wanda Florida 06-02-17
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    "Voice of a robot"

    This probably would have been a good book if the narrator had a personality. But every character had the same hum drum voice. You didn't know if the character was male or female. And when he/she was being hit on in a bar by a man makes you wonder where this book was going. In sorry but I couldn't get into the story because of this. So my review is based on the narrator not the story.
    I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daman 05-30-17
    Daman 05-30-17

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "A tough listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Narration was too tepid for my tastes and didn't rise up the occasion of the story. I left disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bikram Agarwal 05-29-17

    Listening to audiobooks for few hours everyday since the start of 2017.

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    "Reviews are true. Horrible narration."
    What did you like best about South Face? What did you like least?

    I liked that the story was setup in Nepal, our neighboring country. I hoped I'd get to read about some local folklore etc. I liked the narration the least.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Formichella’s performances?

    Nope. The way he narrated every character in the same monotone voice put me off massively. Even the female characters got the same treatment. The book being written in a first person perspective made the narration so much worse.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. The storyline somewhat resembles that of Iron Fist, which I had liked, so yeah.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jstep 05-25-17
    jstep 05-25-17

    I'm a photographer from Metro Detroit and an avid reader and listener of a huge array of genres...everything from nonfiction to sci-fi, etc.

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    "Finally gave up halfway though. Terrible narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration. I got halfway through, about 5 hours into the story, and finally gave up on what likely is a good story. It was the worst narration of a story with multiple characters that I have ever listened to. If it would have been a single character, the narration would have been bearable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from C. F. Waller? Why or why not?

    I would definitely try another book from C.F. Waller as long as the narration was better. As is, I would have asked for a refund from Audible much sooner than 5 hours into the story if I hadn't received the audiobook for free.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Formichella’s performances?

    Nope. Not unless he completely changes how he narrates stories. There are a good half dozen main POVs in this novel, as well as some sub-characters that pop up periodically. Mr. Formichella reads EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. with the same fairly monotone voice. Whether it's a man or a woman, whether Nepalese or American, they all sound identical. It was awful trying to keep track of who was talking and I had a much more difficult time getting the gist of the various characters because of this.

    Mr. Formichella has a good reading voice, but much work needs to be done on his delivery.


    Did South Face inspire you to do anything?

    Stop listening. Unfortunately it's the truth. I got halfway through and though the story could have been good, I just for the life of me could not get into it. I finally wondered why I was continuing to listen when I wasn't enjoying it at all..and that's a bummer. Note: I very, very rarely will stop an audiobook early.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler U. 05-23-17
    Tyler U. 05-23-17
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    "Great story but excruciatingly boring narration."

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    The book is actually fairly well written and is full of interesting mythos and exciting adventure. The narrator was SO dull to listen to. It really just sounded like someone reading aloud. He had barely any inflection, all characters sounded the same because the narrator didn't appear to even attempt different voices. Had the story not been interesting, there is no way I would have finished this one. As it was, I almost didn't until the action began. I'd recommend sticking to print on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenniferk sc 05-11-17
    Jenniferk sc 05-11-17 Member Since 2010

    Voracious reader

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    "Good spooky action story"
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    This is a good story about injustice and the resolution of that in a supernatural thrilling way. The characters are well developed and the world building well done. I learned a lot about mountain climbing and it fit well in the story. A very imaginative supernatural thread throughout the world made the story hard to stop listening to. There is plenty of action and suspense as well. Good thriller to listen to. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CM 05-24-17
    CM 05-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story, Terrible Narration"

    The plot/story is really interesting, filled with action and good characters but the narration just does not fit. It's slow, boring, and hard to differentiate between characters, especially female characters. The novel is written in first person point of view so that makes the narration even more difficult to listen to - if it was told in a different way, the narration might work but unfortunately it really takes away from the story. I found myself having to stop and go back more than once because I was lost.

    I would absolutely recommend the print version of this book but I'd advise to stay away from the audiobook.


    This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Newton 05-14-17
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    "Everest fiction for paranormal fans"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a climber but I remember the disastrous Everest year of 1996, and reading/watching books and documentaries that have appeared since then. So the cover and story blurb were sufficient to catch my interest in the story.

    Some readers feel uncomfortable with multiple POV stories, or stories that bounce around with respect to timelines. I'm not one of those folks - as long as the author effectively communicates when a switch in character/time has occurred, I'll keep up. There were a few times when the author didn't make this transition as effectively as he might have, but overall I enjoyed hearing about different character perspectives. Perhaps because of these different POVs, I was able to develop clear and distinct mental images and personal opinions about each of the key characters. I also enjoyed the mystical/paranormal aspect of the story, interesting to me because all of my previous reading about Everest barely mentions the mystical aspects of the mountain at all.

    I'm a little more grumbly about the use of present tense versus past tense in books. Perhaps this is because most fiction is written in the past tense and my brain seems to have to work a little harder to envision what's happening. Every time I read a story that's written in the present tense, these same thoughts occur to me - so it's not a problem with the author, it's probably something going on between my ears instead.

    I listened to the audiobook version, so I have no comments to make about technical flaws with respect to grammar. I was deeply ambivalent about the narration, however. More than a few times, my mind got jolted out of the flow of the story because I was unable to determine who was speaking. In print books, we have cues through the use of new paragraphs to start new quotes when the author omits the identity of the speaker. In audiobooks, I think I depend more on the narrator to help me distinguish who is speaking during conversations when the author doesn't explicitly give me identities. Here's where a monotonous narrator makes listening more challenging (not in a good way). The narrator had, in my opinion, the perfect voice for the main bad guy mastermind of the plot. But his voice didn't do justice to the other characters at all.

    I often moan and complain about narrators who voice other characters by exaggerating vocal characteristics (such as tone or pitch, especially when voicing other genders), but I still think that it's helpful for the narrator to alter his/her timbre even a little bit in stories that include POV changes. Alternately, some of the best multi-POV audiobooks that I've read uses a female narrator for the chapters focusing on POV of a female character, and a male narrator for chapters with male POVs. Anyway, this was such an interesting story! But I think it could have been even better if the narrator didn't sound like he was reciting a story from the local newspaper. Having said that, I'd certainly listen to another book from this author in the future. Also, I'd listen to this narrator again in the future - but not for a multi-POV story. I can easily envision this narrator doing non-fiction audiobooks and I'm sure I'd give him a higher rating for those types of audiobooks.

    I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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