Monthly Mini Review
Rock Chick Redemption by Kristen Ashley, narrated by Susannah Jones – B+ I said in my review of Rock Chick (I read the print version) that I imagined Amanda Ronconi reading the story to me and that this would probably mean I’d be inclined to judge the narration by Ms. Jones more harshly. I listened to Rock Chick Rescue and Rock Chick Redemption for fun, “just for me” listens because sometimes it’s nice for me just to be a consumer and not a reviewer and I wanted my brain to relax for a bit. But I wanted to say something about the narration.
I could wish that Susannah Jones has slightly more vocal range and could portray a larger variety of male voices – pretty much, all the heroes sound the same and they’re really only slightly deeper in pitch than her female character voices. (For regular audiobook listeners, this is a trade off we make fairly often. There are only so many character voices a narrator can perform and many male narrators cannot sound “female” in pitch and vice versa; however, they do adjust their tone sufficiently to give an audio cue to listeners that this is the hero or heroine talking and, provided it’s not grating, that can be enough.)
But, as for the rest, Ms. Jones was brilliant. She didn’t have any trouble with some of the more convoluted sentences Ms. Ashley uses (which I love even though their grammar is sometimes quite tortured) and the completely nailed the humour of the piece. I cannot even express to you how much I love her characterisation of Tex. He is twice as hilarious on audio.
So, even though Ms. Jones is not Amanda Ronconi, she does a great job of this series and I don’t really have much by way of complaint regarding her performance.
Rock Chick Redemption is Hank Nightingale’s romance with Roxie Logan, Tex’s niece. Roxie is trying (via a convoluted and not very sensible or straight forward plan) to get rid of her no good ex-boyfriend, Billy Flynn, He brings major trouble to Roxie and to the Rock Chicks and the Hot Bunch. I didn’t think I could find the name “Hank” sexy but Ms. Ashley won me over (even though I prefer Roxie’s nickname for him “Whiskey” – because of the colour of his eyes). It’s pure fantasy with lots of drama and laughs but there is a wonderful romance there as well as excellent friendships – particularly female friendships. I love how Ms. Ashley makes a big group of friends and family expand with even more people in a way which is organic and fun and loving. I’m saving the next book for another brain treat at some point in the future.
Reviews of these books will be up soon at AudioGals.
Here’s what you may have missed:
Across the Line by Kate Willoughby
Rocky Mountain Freedom by Vivian Arend
Out of the Game by Kate Willoughby
Scoring Wilder by RS Gray, narrated by Jessica Almasy
Obsession in Death by JD Robb, narrated by Susan Ericksen
Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley
And I posted my ARRC2015 Wrap.
Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine, narrated by Susanna Duff