Audiobook Review/Rambling: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis (Narrated by Lucy Gaskell & Nigel Pilkington)

One Step Too Far - Tina Seskis

Happy October 1st bookworms! Just a short post day about my experience of listening to One Step Too Far, why I’m conflicted with audiobooks, and most importantly, a plea for recommendations.

Audiobook Description:

An apparently happy marriage. A beautiful son. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman wake up one morning and walk right out of her life? How will she survive? And what is the date that looms, threatening to force her to confront her past? No-one has ever guessed her secret. Will you? Tina Seskis’s One Step Too Far is an absolutely unputdownable story of secrets and heartbreak.

My Thoughts:

How important is the narrator’s voice when listening to an audiobook? I’d say pretty damn important.

I’m so conflicted by my experience of listening to One Step Too Far… part of me thinks I would have enjoyed this novel more if I read it, whilst part of me is glad I listened to the audiobook as I probably would have placed this novel in the DNF pile.

I loved the beginning of this audiobook, it was highly suspenseful; Emily just up and leaving right at the very beginning of this novel meant I was paying full attention from the very beginning. However, the longer I listened, the more my enjoyment levels sunk. Now, as an audiobook, I didn’t totally love the narrators and as with any audiobook, that will have a huge impact on your listening experience, that’s why I think I may have enjoyed this more if I had read it. Maybe the suspense that got lost in the narration would have shone if I were reading instead of listening, and thus I would have enjoyed it more. I was rather bored by the midway point but continued listening because it didn’t require any effort [and I had a lot of housework to do!] The twist was good, not the best, but unpredictable but I just wasn’t a fan of the narration.

Now, I wonder if I had read this novel instead, would I have continued reading it if I felt such levels of boredom, most likely not, but then if I read it, I might not have felt bored. Do you see why I’m conflicted!?!

The Rambling:

After loving my experience of listening to Sealskin by Su Bristow, I immediately wanted to listen to another audiobook but they are so expensive to buy. So, I turned to my library and borrowed One Step Too Far, I must admit, I hadn’t even heard of this novel before but choices were limited. I originally wanted to listen to an audiobook that was on my wish-list but the only one I could find [that was available on Libby via Overdrive], was The Last One by Alexandra Oliva but after about 30 seconds of listening, I returned it to the library – I did not like the narration at all – that novel will be read in book form for sure.

I want to listen to another audiobook, especially as I am walking to work at the moment so I’d like a novel to listen to rather than music. But, I don’t want another mediocre audiobook. Let’s say an audiobook lasts an average of 9 hours, that’s longer than it takes me to read a “normal” length novel so I feel the audiobook has to be exceptionally good because it takes up more of my time.

I listened to Subject 375 by Nikki Owen, narrated by Yolanda Kettle, last year and while I enjoyed it significantly more than One Step Too Far, I still didn’t love it. Both of these books were thrillers and I thought they were mediocre at best but Sealskin is fantasy and I loved it, so, do some genres just work better as audiobooks than others?

So for my plea…. I need audiobook recommendations please!

44 thoughts on “Audiobook Review/Rambling: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis (Narrated by Lucy Gaskell & Nigel Pilkington)

      1. Have you read The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney? I loved it and could definitely listen to it again. It’s narrated by Dan Stevens who was in Downton Abbey. I listened via a different library app, rbdigital which has a great selection of audiobooks on it.

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      2. I’ll have to check out rbdigital because I wasn’t impressed by the selection I saw on Libby. Okay – is The Invisible One’s a FIVE star listening experience?? I’ll add it to the list because I really enjoy listening to audiobooks but i don’t do it nearly enough

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  1. I always have an audiobook going as long as I can find one with a good narrator because yes, they make ALL the difference. What I usually do is use the Audible app to listen to a sample because the library doesn’t give you that option. If I like it, I’ll get it through the library…I have done Audible’s 30 day free trial before also. I just finished listening to The Teacher by Katerina Diamond yesterday and the narrator was awesome…the story had many gory murders which I would’ve skimmed had I been reading but I really liked the book overall. Some others I’ve listened to and enjoyed… YOU & Hidden Bodies (best audio narrator EVER with these!) , Getting Life, Castle of Water, The Enchanted, Lie to Me, According to A Source, Kisscut, My Sunshine Away. Some of these I only listened to partially because I also had the print. I’m going to try Lilac Girls next on audio. Good luck!!

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    1. A few of those I’ve got physical copies of but you’ve given me plenty of other options, thanks Renee! I tried a couple of samples but I think I’m really picky with narration but if I’m going to be listening to that voice for 9 hours, I need to like it 😂. Do you find one narrate is preferable to multiple narrators?
      I shall browse the ones you’ve listed, see if any are available 😊

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  2. I have listened to Little Deaths by Emma Flint which is fabulous. And Here and Gone by Haylen Beck is brilliant too. My favourite recently was You don’t know me by Imran Mahmood which has the most amazing actor doing the narrative!

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    1. I’ve got a physical copy of Little Deaths to read and the other two I’ve read, I loved Here and Gone so I can image it being a great story to hear! I wasn’t all that impressed by You Don’t Know Me but from the story it was, I think it probably worked better as an audiobook. Any others spring to mind??

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      1. Yes I wouldn’t have enjoyed the book of You Don’t know me-my enjoyment was totally heightened by the actor reading it!
        One Step too far is one of my favourite books and I’m sad it hasn’t worked well for you as an audiobook. I’m a newbie to Audible so that’s all I’ve read so far! My next one up is Falling Suns by J A Corrigan so will let you know how that one goes x

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      2. I was tempted by audible but I don’t know if I’d listen to enough books to make a subscription worthwhile. I’m currently trialing Kindle Unlimited, but I may have to trial audible as well now 🤔

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      3. I’m not a subscriber as I thought the same! I get the daily deals sent to my email and it’s much cheaper to do that as most are 1.99 or 2.99 at most. Have a trial which is what I did then cancelled to just buy the deals I fancied. I love walking the dog now for much longer and get my 10000 steps a day in easily now!

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  3. I love audiobooks – I spend way too much money at audible! I also listen to them whilst walking to/from work. But I do have to listen to them on either 1.5x or 2.0x speed because it frustrates me how slow most narrators read!
    Looking on your GR tbr list, I could recommend Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (any Gaiman audiobook is great) and The City and the City by China Mieville – I enjoyed both those audiobooks. 🙂

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    1. I find that the narrators sometimes speak to slowly, that’s why I liked Libby because you can speed up narration but their selection was poor to say the least. I like the sound of Neverwhere as an audiobook – I think I may go for that one, thanks!

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  4. I’m a newbie to autobooks and am trying to warm up to them.
    I listened and really enjoyed This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. I have some others waiting for me. I’ll let you know how they are afterwards.

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  5. If you like Agatha Christie, I strongly recommend Hugh Fraser reading the Poirot books and Joan Hickson reading the Miss Marple ones – both excellent narrators. I love anything Derek Jacobi narrates – just about to listen to him doing Frankenstein, but he’s also done nearly all the Sherlock Holmes stories. Sissy Spacek was great on To Kill a Mockingbird. Colin Firth’s narration of The End of the Affair is great as is Aidan Kelly’s narration of Days Without End – in both those cases I enjoyed the narration more than the book. If you like the Jeeves books, Jonathan Cecil is great at them. And James McPherson is perfect for Ian Rankin’s Rebus books. Neil Gaiman is great at narrating his own books. Meryl Streep is very good on The Testament of Mary. Haha! I’ll stop now… 😉

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    1. Wow, consider me educated on audiobooks! 😂 But seriously, thank you so such for all the recommendations! It seems like a good idea to find a narrator I like and stick with it, I shall add all of those to my list of recs! You’re the second person to mention Gaiman so I’m thinking that might be the place to start

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  6. I really enjoyed this as a physical book but I don’t know how it would be as an audio book. I also can’t do much in e way of recommendations as I can only think of one non-fiction audiobook that has hit the mark – The Penelopiad – for the very thing you mentioned, the narration. I do much better with non-fiction.

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  7. Since I have an hour commute to work each day (and hour back) audible has been wonderful for me!
    Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
    Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

    Both really good

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  8. I have been listening to audio books through Audible for a couple of years now and it is well worth the 7.99 per month as you can buy any book for your one credit. I don’t get through half the books that I would like to and listening while I am driving or walking is a great way of multi-tasking!
    But you are right, narrators are so important and, for me, can make or break my enjoyment. One thing that that has been apparent to me through the months of listening is just how incredibly talented some narrators are. A good narrator does a fantastic job!
    An unusual book I have enjoyed recently is Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent. Wonderful narration!

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    1. I’m tempted by audible but I don’t think I’d get through more than one a month so I don’t know if it’s worth the price lol.

      I just got a paperback of Unravelling Oliver so I hope it’s as good as the audiobook!

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