Author: Parker S. Huntington
Narrators: Lacy Laurel
Length: 8 hours and 32 minutes
Publisher: PSH Publishing House
Released: Oct. 31, 2017
He was supposed to kill me. I had done the unthinkable. I called the cops on him, on his family, but he let me live. We became friends, and then… we fell in love.
Lucy Ives is a foster kid, running from her turbulent past. On her first night in New York City, she accidentally calls the cops on the mafia. When their fixer comes to kill her, he spares her life in exchange for a favor–be his fake fiance or die.
Parker S. Huntington is from Orange County, California, USA. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Liberal Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University. She has two puppies, Bauer and Chloe, and lives with her boyfriend of four years–a real life alpha male, book-boyfriend-worthy hunk of a man. She is currently working on Book 3 of the Five Syndicates Series.
Lacy lives the life of a full time wife, mother and household manager. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Lacy returned back to her first love – reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.
Huntingon did a great job with this story! I enjoyed the characters a bunch. Asher is very secretive as an ex mafia and Lucy has some things in her past that she’s hiding as well. There is a nice slow burn to their romance throughout the story and there is also a good mystery and suspense aspect to the story as well. The mystery comes in with learning what happened in both of their pasts a little at a time. Then suspense with an evil board member! It was certainly an exciting experience. I’d rate it 4.5/5.
With the narration I felt that Laurel did a great job with all the voices. She has a nice tone and her pacing is great! The audio production as well flows good 🙂 My favorite voice from Laurel was Lucy, but I think she also does a great villain voice as well. I’d give it a 4.5/5.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lacy Laurel. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Q&A with Narrator Lacy Laurel
- When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
- I was listening to more and more audiobooks and I just kept getting the urge to do it.
- How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
- I just researched until I found ACX, and on their website it talked about what you needed, how to do it and I just went for it.
- Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
- No, it was not difficult to break in but to stay in is a totally different story.
- A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
- I don’t know if it’s essential, I have a very limited background from when I was in school. I love theater. However now I do find training very important. Getting an instructor for the type of narration you want to perform, attend seminars and classes in both performance and audio technology – you should really know how to use the equipment you are utilizing and some ‘employers’ will only accept your work if you are using certain technology.
- What type of training have you undergone?
- I am seeing a coach for non-fiction (Sean Pratt-@SPPresents) and another for fiction (Andi Arndt – @andi_arndt). Between the two a variety of topics in narration and the business of narration are covered. I see improvement every time I have a session, which is really encouraging, I am lucky that although I may not have years of professional acting or collegiate acting training I am able to utilize my coaches to help me improve and to learn more about what it is that I do.
- How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
- For me it is a combination of things. Because of the performance aspect, if I am not feeing it, I try not to push through. I will walk away and do some of the many other things I am responsible for in real life. My hours are really flexible because I work out of a home studio, so sometimes it is just as simple as hanging out with the family. Other times, I find that listening to others narrate in the genre’s I work in really helps. Especially when they are good they will motivate me to want to get back in the booth.
- Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
- Yes I am constantly listening! I love audiobooks! For me, I find myself listening while I am doing housework or playing the driver to the kids.
- What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
- My favorite is recording, getting to immerse myself into another world. I also love the read through of the book; it really gets me excited and helps me to plan out where I am going to go. I guess editing is my least favorite part, but only in comparison to the other parts, I love to do it, just not as much as performing or reading.
- What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
- It is exactly the story I would read as a consumer, and if it has my attention in that way then I want to audition because I know I will have fun with it while recording.
- How closely do you prefer to work with authors?
- I love having input from the authors, although every relationship is not the same. I do prefer it when even if they are not the ones who hire me, they have made the decision to have me be the voice of their book.
- What’s next for you?
- Project wise I am getting ready to dive into Stepping Stone, book 2 of The Stone Series, Filthy Cam Girl by JB Duvane, Same Page by G.L. Tomas and Blame It On the Pain by Ashley Jade
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