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So Cold the River

Booktrack Edition
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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So Cold the River: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!*

Booktrack editions are essentially a new genre of digital storytelling entertainment. Music and ambient audio are added to complement and enhance the audiobook experience. It is a synchronized movie-style soundtrack that complements the narration of existing audiobooks; the tempo and rhythm of the score harmonize with action, dialogue and the characters' emotional arcs.

It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life.

In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past - a glorious domed hotel where movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters once intermingled. Long derelict, the hotel has just been restored to its former grandeur.

But something else has been restored, too - a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to settle a decades-old score. And with every move, Eric inches closer to the center of the building storm.

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2017 Michael Koryta (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Totally Different Genre But A Good Listen

I have listened to a number of this author’s other books and enjoyed them all. Bought this without realizing that this was very different. Wasn’t sure it would be for me, but I enjoyed it.

And the violin tune was haunting. Not going to change my genre preferences but a good listen nonetheless.

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Great storytelling, voice acting, and soundtrack!

I absolutely love the voice acting and soundtrack on this title! Really adds a new element of immersion to the already great story of Michael Koryta. 10/10 would purchase another Booktrack title again! :D

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Great book and performance— maybe less background music?

The story was great and the reader’s performance terrific as well! The added background sounds took awhile for me to get used to and not be distracted by as I tried to focus on the story. I didn’t care for the general music going on in the background mostly because it often didn’t seem to match what was going on in the story, but the violin, train and water sounds that applied directly to the story did enhance the experience.

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The soundtrack is horrible!

The narrator is fine, but the technology of adding music and sounds is awful. I can’t listen to anymore. I am quitting on Chapter 3. I like Michael Koryta, but this is such a bad idea for an audible book. How do I get a refund?

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This Booktrack edition not for me

For me, this production of Koryta's book distracts from the writing and narration rather than enhancing it. Sometimes you just don't know about the booktrack edition before ordering. The music and screeching sound effects (think trains, planes and automobiles) throughout the 9 chapters I listened to didn't work. One chapter was filled with crickets chirping! Additionally, the dialogue is less than I expect from this author.
I'm returning the book because I can't get into the story. Koryta always tells a great one but I have to go Kindle on this one.

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