Officer Down

Narrated by: Theresa Stephens
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Veteran emergency dispatcher Hillary O'Neal can handle any crisis, until she gets the call that destroys her confidence. Now she spends every shift dreading what could happen and doubting whether she'll be able to handle another tragedy. Olivia Dennis joined the sheriff's department for the action and to fulfill the family legacy. But she could lose both when she's caught up in an internal investigation and assigned to a security desk at the communications center.

Hillary knows too well the danger the officers in the field face, and the last thing she wants is to get close to one. Besides, Olivia's obviously just as broken as she is right now. As they get closer, Hillary hopes their burgeoning attraction is as temporary as Olivia's desk duty.

©2015 Erin Dutton (P)2016 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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Poor Reading Sabotages a Good Story

Would you try another book from Erin Dutton and/or Theresa Stephens?

From Erin Dutton, yes. From Theresa Stevens, only if she was reading non-fiction of the driest sort.

How could the performance have been better?

Stevens' reading sounded far too much like a news report instead of a romance--and this book was a romance. There was no emotional nuance at all, no attempt to inject any feeling whatsoever. The consistent cold tone made it impossible to 'get into' the story, which deserved much better.

Did Officer Down inspire you to do anything?

Seriously consider reading over listening in future.

Any additional comments?

I hate to be cold but--don't allow Stevens anywhere near fiction ever again.

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Good story, not so good narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I love Erin Dutton cop stories but the narrator has a flat monotone voice, no emotion at all. It’s hard to distinguish between dramatic moments from jokes or romantic scenes…really unpleasant to listen to.

Would you recommend Officer Down to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend sticking to reading as opposed to listening.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Theresa Stephens?

Some of my favorites are:
Abby Craden
Alexandria Wilde
Felicity Munroe
Coleen Marlo
Betsy Zajko
I would listen to pretty much anything narrated by them.

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Love the story, hate the narrator

I'd read this book and was looking forward to hearing the audio version. It's a great story by an established author. But this narrator should be restricted to reading children's books. I absolutely hated the little-girl voice with which she read one of the main character's part. The last time I heard a female voice like that was when my nieces were round 8 years old.

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good story brought down by horrible narrator

I liked the story but found myself intentionally putting my phone as far as possible to keep from changing it. the narrator was horrible. her man voices were strange, her inflections and tone sounded like a nervous student giving a book report to a class while forcing herself to not look up from the pages.

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a really good listen

This story totally rocked. The narrator did a great job conveying the intricate flow of the story.

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  • Frankimunk
  • 06-06-16

Police drama encompassing difficulty with gay barriers.

The book title given is of an event that happens during a police shift, but the core of the story is about how hard it can be in rural areas for gay people to express their sexual identity. It's taken for granted in metropolitan areas, but individuals in small communities face a hard time.
So the narrative is both stories woven together.
At times rather drawn out, but nonetheless an enjoyable book.

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  • R W
  • 03-28-16

awful reading sounds like an automaton - complete

dreadful narration sounds like an automaton. completely spoilt the book for me - actually want a refund as so awful!!!
book.might be good but was unbearable to listen to

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  • Annabella Cichon
  • 11-18-16

It's a coming out story, wrong narrator choice.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

It's a coming out story, it needs to be stated in the description

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More of the police stuff less of the scary religious family coming out story.

What didn’t you like about Theresa Stephens’s performance?

Sounds so much like an episode of 20/20 or 48 Hours. The accent and tonal range is more suited to true crime than a fiction novel. I kept drifting and having to remind myself this isn't a podcast/ true crime episode of 48 Hours.

What character would you cut from Officer Down?

The father, he's horrible.

Any additional comments?

Change the description to include coming out - because that's the major theme, not the dispatcher/cop romance.