#LoveAudio #TeamOrenda | DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb @crimethrillgirl (March 23rd, 2017) @OrendaBooks) @Annecater @audibleuk

Hands down probably THE best book I have read this year. It really is that good. No shadow of doubt that this will make my Top 5 for 2017.  As with SIX STORIES, I wasn’t content with already sharing my review of the physical book, I also have my hands on the AUDIOBOOK!!

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What is this book you speak of? What is it about?

Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong. The fugitive she’s assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori’s former mentor – the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past.

Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida’s biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where ‘bad things never happen’, but he’s also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they’re ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.


Thoughts?  

My first question getting stuck into this audiobook was; How would I love Lori now she has a voice? Well, I can tell you… I loved her even more than when I read the words back in January!

 

As I mentioned in my review for the SIX STORIES audiobook – I think one of the reasons why I tend to shy away from audiobooks is that for the most part, it is one narrator covering all characters. I like to be able to differentiate between the characters and hear how that narrator puts their own spin on them. However that said, Jennifer Woodward has done such a cracking job with bringing the characters to life, that there is no need for multiple narrators.

Jennifer narrates this story beautifully. She captures the essence of Lori perfectly. Lori is a tough bounty hunter, a mother, a lover and to try and convey all three of those different traits at once, to me is a skill that not many people have! Jennifer gave me all the same feels I had when reading the book back in January.

I was recently talking to Steph (Broadribb) about this at the Harrogate Crime Writers Festival about how I seem to connect better to female narrators, then men? It made obvious sense for a woman to narrate this story given it driven by Lori’s story, however if a man had narrated this story, I’m not sure I would get the same fuzzy feels? Which is interesting as Stephen Fry gives me LIFE narrating the Harry Potter books!

DEEP DOWN DEAD is certainly on the ol’ TOP READS for this year list and I am pleased to say that I can add the audiobook to that list as well!

Thank you so much to Steph Broadribb, Anne Cater, Orenda Books and Audible UK for inviting me to part of #LoveAudio week. After SIX STORIES – I certainly had the buzz for my next adventure into the audiobook world. DEEP DOWN DEAD did not disappoint!

Be sure to check out more of the action as part of Love Audio Week in association with Audible on the following blogs;

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-S.

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#LoveAudio #TeamOrenda | Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski @ConcreteKraken (March 15th, 2017 @OrendaBooks) @Annecater @audibleuk

Now, how on earth could I turn down the chance to share with you all the genius that is SIX STORIES? Not content with already sharing my review of the physical book, I also have my hands on the AUDIOBOOK!! Eight hours and eleven minutes of pure brilliance translated by a cast of eight narrators.

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What is this book you speak of? What is it about?

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby.

2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame…

As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth. A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending.


Thoughts?  

I loved this book. Like, REALLY loved this book. It’s one of those stories that you know will get picked up by a TV production company and when they film it on location, it will be gritty, dark and down right grim – but some of the best television you will ever witness.

With this in mind, I was more than keen to get my headphones in and listen to how SIX STORIES has been translated to audio books.

I think one of the reasons why I tend to shy away from audiobooks is that for the most part, it is one narrator covering all characters. I like to be able to differentiate between the characters and hear how that narrator puts their own spin on them.

Although I knew what was coming – that didn’t stop me getting fully invested into the story and I personally thought that the delivery of each of the narrators was pretty spot on. Listening to the narrator who voiced Harris, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a young Charlie Hunman (in his Queer as Folk days!) 🙂

SIX STORIES will always remain a stand out book for me due to it’s originality, concept and structure.  I’m sure Matt (Wesolowski) will start to see more books that follow this trend of using modern media, but we will always be making the comparison back to this little book that has gone from strength to strength!

Thank you so much to Matt Wesolowski, Anne Cater, Orenda Books and Audible UK for inviting me to part of #LoveAudio week. As a ‘noob’ to Audiobooks – there couldn’t have been a better place for me to start!

Be sure to check out more of the action as part of Love Audio Week in association with Audible on the following blogs;

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I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts soon on DEEP DOWN DEAD, which is one of the BEST books I have read so far in 2017! A kick ass female bounty-hunter who takes no prisoners when it comes to her daughter? It’s SOOO good!

-S.