Friday, September 7, 2012

Audio Addendum: Personal Demons

~Personal Demons~
Personal Demons
Book 1
By Lisa Desrochers

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Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance—even her closest friends—and it seems as if her senior year is going to be more of the same... until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can’t seem to stay away from him.

What she doesn’t know is that Luc is on a mission. He’s been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie’s soul. It should be easy—all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can’t be far behind. And sure enough, it’s not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn’t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie’s soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay... for all of them.

Yep, this looks awfully familiar. Probably because I read and reviewed it last year! Don't worry, I won't bore you with repetition, since you can easily click here for that review. But as the title indicates, I do have an addendum to, well, add.

You see there's a significant difference between this year's read through and last's: last year I didn't have the audiobook accessible. This not only made this read through significantly faster, but I also get to share my thoughts on the narration and how well it translated to audio. (Plus it lets me refer back to it for next week's Original Sin review.)

So again, you may backtrack to the story review, or simply continue below... This will then be added to the original review at a later date.

Approximate Reading Time: 4.5 Hours

Audiobook Review
Read by Sara Barnett & Michael Nathanson
Length: 11 Hours
Listened at 2.7x Speed

Okay, confession time: The only reason I listened to this book at over 2x speed was because I was attempting to read both Personal Demons and Original Sin the night/day before Lisa Desrochers visited my local Powell's on her Girls' Nightmare Out Tour. I'm a horrible procrastinator, I know.

But with that out of the way, the speed was actually manageable. So long as you're reading along with the book, that is. And it probably didn't hurt to have read it once before. Still, for those with a time crunch or who prefer a faster pace, this recording was extremely accommodating.

And I believe I have the narrators to thank. That's right, narrators. Since the story is told from two perspectives (Frannie's & Luc's), it seems only fitting that they have two people telling the story. In some stories I've found changing perspectives tricky when putting down and picking a book back up - having to figure out whose voice you're hearing. This narration trick effectively eliminates that issue.

Now, this isn't a full-cast reading, so when you're in Frannie's perspective and Luc talks, it's still Sara reading the part and changing her voice. Same goes with Michael and girls' voices. I had to chuckle a couple times when one narrator would speak for the other's character—almost like they were mocking each other.

In that respect, the chemistry both on the page and in the ear worked perfectly. I was glad to hear their voices were picked up for the rest of the series (or at least book 2), because I honestly don't think I could hear either of them any other way.