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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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    Christine Newton 05-14-17
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    "Everest fiction for paranormal fans"
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    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.

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    Jenniferk sc 05-11-17
    Jenniferk sc 05-11-17 Member Since 2010

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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.

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    willee 05-04-17
    willee 05-04-17
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    "A Strange Climb"

    This was a fair/OK book it has mountain climbing, mythology, mystery and some paranormal. My favorite part was towards the end when the paranormal really kicks in and some of the characters. After listening I know I would not even attempt to climb Mt. Everest (why would I want to die) and never knew there were so many restaurants while climbing. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventure I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you.

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    CF WALLER 04-28-17
    CF WALLER 04-28-17
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    What did you love best about South Face?

    The Mount Everest part was fun to learn about. So much interesting mythology to explore.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes


    Have you listened to any of Joe Formichella’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    gr8


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    justin 05-05-17
    justin 05-05-17
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    great story, listening esoteric would have been better if the narrator even attempted different voices, it kind of the me off and made the different character lines hard to follow especially the female character lines. definitely worth listening to though. longer review on goodreads.

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