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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Want to learn about surfing? Here you go!

I knew virtually nothing about surfing so this was an entertaining read. Lots of facts about surfing that I hadn’t even thought about were described well. In fact, there was a lot of description and minutiae in the story, some of which was probably not necessary.
However, it was an interesting plot and I know more about surfing than I did yesterday!
Quite honestly not over keen on the narration. Found the voice a bit hard - but I’m English so that may be a regional difficulty and not necessarily a problem for anyone else.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-18

Super version of great story.

The Provincetown stories have long been favourites of mine in written form, both in paperback and ebook. This superb audio version gives so much more, especially to these English ears!
I love Nicol Zanzarella’s voice and the range of regional accents she portrays, and the depth of emotion she gives her characters truly make her narrations an absolute joy to hear. I now seek out audiobooks she has narrated, just based on the life she breathes into her characters.
I’ve just bought the second title in the series and am happily about to tackle usually mind-numbing household tasks with unexpected vigour, knowing I’ll be back in Provincetown once more.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

So disappointed!

I loved this story in book form, so much that I’d been really looking forward to listening to the narration.
☹️ Told in the first person, the narrator is fine until she begins to speak for each character. Our heroine suddenly acquires a deep, gruff voice, her love interest is a high and girly and it seems every character of note has his/her own slightly extreme modulation as if to attempt to stand out.
I gave up about a third of the way through, having realised I was just irritated and not enjoying it at all. Such a shame.
I do know reviews are subjective and others may find this narration good entertainment. What I will say is I found the speed a little slow so upped it one notch, which helped a lot.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Another cracking Gerri Hill with great narrator.

Loved this written story (Gerri Hill’s book are SO good) so thought I’d give it a go as an audiobook.
Absolutely loved it! Nicol Zanzarella’s voice and ability to convey the different nuances of emotion just made this perfect.
Definitely one to return to, and a narrator I’ll look out for in future.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Absolutely superb

One of my favourite stories that is narrated so sympathetically and with such humour that even though I knew the twists and turns it seemed as fresh as my first reading.
Definitely five stars. And I’ll definitely look out for more books narrated by Lisa Cordileone.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-17

Entertaining, Funny with Tense Moments

First of all I should explain that I was given a promo code for this Audible title and the author was previously unknown to me, as was the narrator.

On the whole I found this an entertaining story. It’s the first time I’ve listened to a story before reading it and I found that slightly odd, having no preconceived ideas or images in my head. Once I’d become used to that I settled in and enjoyed the storyline, the humour and the angst, the "will they, won't they" uncertainty (even though I hoped for a happy ending).
There were occasional slow areas when I just wanted the narrator to hurry up and get the story flowing and unfolding again but they weren’t enough to make me fast forward through the narration.
I found some of the narration a little bit too earnest and Lily's mother especially jarred every now and then. This, of course, may have been difficult for me only because I’m not used to such over-exuberance. I certainly wouldn’t reject the story just because it took me a little bit out of my comfort zone. It may be an English reticence on my part!
There were just a few minor irritations in pronunciation and one (repeated) that infuriated me. I haven’t been able to discover if C.C.Sinclair is British. If she IS, then I am appalled. If she isn’t there's still no excuse - someone should have picked up on the cringe-inducing pronunciation of High Wycombe. No, it’s NOT W+EYE+KUHM. It's WIK+UHM. Always has been. In all my 67 years, some lived not all that far away from the town, I have NEVER, EVER heard it pronounced any way other than WIKUHM.
If that isn’t enough to put you off, then I’d highly recommend this story for its humour, its well-drawn and colourful characters and interesting story line.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-17

Exciting listen!

The first of two stories featuring Alex and Sarah (sequel Tumbledown). This brings two characters together, both of whom have already endured suffering, and pitches them straight into a harrowing cat-and-mouse pursuit in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.
Alex is American, Sarah is English and the cultural differences provide light touches in this dark, gripping story.
I’d already read the book (in fact have read all of Cari Hunter’s books) before listening so knew the plot yet listening gives an added dimension that transports the listener unflinching right into the story. It’s not always a comfortable place to be but the narration is so good it’s really hard to press pause every now and then and return to real life!
Highly recommended, as are all the audio versions of Cari Hunter’s books.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-17

Gripping and heart-wrenching.

Sequel to Desolation Point, this continuing story of Alex and Sarah is fast-moving and unrelenting in its portrayal of two women fighting to survive against a fanatic determined to kill them.
The narration brings each anguished moment compellingly and starkly to life, the harrowing passages seeming so awfully real and the tender moments so moving and loving.
Recommended without hesitation - ideally after reading or listening to Desolation Peak.

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