Go behind the scenes of popular soap opera, "To Live and Love," in this humorous short story in which the backstage drama is more intense than what happens in front of the camera.
Follow hopeful actor Robert Schwarzmann in his journey from a small town in Maine to the glitz and glamor lifestyle of daytime television in Hollywood, California. Discover why in an industry in which looks mean everything, nothing is as it seems.
Serious themes percolate beneath the comedic surface in this short story by Matthew W. Grant.
Every now and then I want to just have a quick listen, something that isn't going to take a long time to listen to, and that will provide a laugh or two.
That's Why I'm the Soap Opera Writer by Matthew W. Grant manages to check all of those boxes in this quick and short humorous story that follows a small-town Maine boy who made it big in the world of the daytime drama, and see the cut-throat behind the scenes changes that can happen when one upsets the writing staff.
Cleverly plotted with a solid description of the "early' Robert until his ride on the star train at the #2 soap on daytime television as one half of the most popular couple. When the ratings start to diminish, HUGE changes are instituted on the set, and Robert comes face to face with the woman who holds his career in the palm of her hand. The Head Writer, nicknamed Brillo Pad, for her wiry hair and even pricklier personality.
Narration for this short is provided by Jeannie Lin started a little flat, but the story pace and options for emoting were limited: soon her voice clearly grabbed the feel of the conversations and characters. Her voice is clear and crisp, with solid attention to both the story and the several asides added for reader's edification in the text. She clearly and cleanly hopped between characters when dialog was added, and her narration provided a clean and pleasant listen.
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This is very short, less than 20 minute listen. Follow Robert Schwarzmann as he leaves a small town, in his quest to be a successful actor in Hollywood. It is hilarious; the true goings-on of a soap opera. Rob eventually lands the lead on one of daytimes most beloved shows.
What happens next, the rise, fall, rising again on the whims of the soap opera writer. There's not too much more to that I can share without spoiling, so I will stop there.
*I was given this book in exchange for my review. Also included in this short story is a prequel to the secrets of Cedar Hall. Another hilarious book about small-town life in New England.
The narration was steady and you could tell Jeannie Lin was having a good time as she was performing.
Nothing to warrant about here, no strong language or mature themes.
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