Title: The Ghost Slept Over
Author: Marshall Thornton
Narrator: Jason Frazier
Run Time: 6 hours and 13 minutes
Category: Paranormal, Humor
At a Glance: The story here is fun and light and should be a lovely romp for the listener. Unfortunately, however, most of the narration is uninspired and the voices tend to run together.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: When failed actor Cal Parsons travels to rural New York to claim the estate of his famous and estranged ex-partner, he discovers something he wasn’t expecting – the ghost of his ex! And, worse, his ex invites Cal to join him for all eternity. Now.
As Cal attempts to rid himself of the ghost by any means, he begins to fall for the attractive attorney representing the estate. Will Cal be able to begin a new relationship, or will he be seduced into the ever after?
Runner Up 2014 Rainbow Awards – Best Romantic Comedy
Review: Cal Parsons is a struggling actor. Well into his career, the best he can muster is a one man show at coffee houses and converted gas stations. Suddenly, he gets a call from a former lover’s attorney—Cal has inherited everything that Mac, his former lover, ever owned. So, Cal leaves sunny California to get to upstate New York to claim Mac’s “estate”. Cal feels an immediate attraction to Dewey, formerly Mac’s and now Cal’s attorney. What should be a simple transfer of property gets complicated when Mac’s ghost begins to haunt Cal.
The story here is fun and light and should be a lovely romp for the listener. Unfortunately, however, most of the narration is uninspired and the voices tend to run together. Only Mac’s ghost is given a truly unique voice, and it reads as a cliché. I would really like to recommend this book, it may be your cup of tea if you like the narrator’s previous work, but Thornton’s story really suffers from a narration that is, at best, phoned in. Audio buyers deserve a certain level of competence and preparation from narrators. Not every narration need be a performance, but they should at least be prepared in a way that delivers an even and solid read. There are comedic moments that deserved much more attention. The lovemaking that happens could have been handled with more care. I can highly recommend the story. I wish I could say the same for the narration.
Pick up Thorton’s Boystown series if you want to hear his stories read in the way they deserve.
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