Thursday, June 25, 2009

Audiobook Inspection: The Summoning

Size: 123 MB (Audible)
Length: 8 hours, 34 minutes
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Cassandra Morris

Plot Sketch: Chloe Saunders is small for her age. If you saw her, there's no way you'd guess she was fifteen. She's at school one day and decides that it'd be no big deal to spend one period in the bathroom instead of in class. A man, horridly disfigured who must be substituting for the school janitor approaches her. She screams. She runs away. The school restrains her and demands that she be put in a group home for psychological evaluation. Her loving aunt and detached father decide to put Chloe in Lyle House, where Chloe is diagnosed and where she can rest and where she can accept her diagnosis. The events at Lyle House turn out to be nothing short of exhausting, and lead her to believe her diagnosis is bunk.

Plot Verdict: I Heart It! Tune into this audiobook for twists and turns and a great story that left both Monster and I wanting more, immediately. I was listening to this while I was driving and Monster was finishing up Elenium by David Eddings (RIP) and when he joined me about one hour in, he became immediately enthralled. We did not turn it off save to get out and do our hikes and the things that we had planned to do. While we were in the car, we listened faithfully. When it was over, we both cursed me for not downloading the Awakening when I was home and could have easily done so. We're going to be listening to the Awakening seperately because neither one of us can wait for the next time we're together.

Narration Verdict: I Heart It. At first, the little kiddie voice was irksome for me, and later I found out for Monster too, but once you learned more about Chloe, it all started to fit. It grew on me. At the end of the book, I wouldn't have changed a thing. Cassandra Morris narrates the Awakening as well and I am looking forward to hearing her interpretation. I think she did a stellar job!

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