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.
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.
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!?!
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!