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Dramatised version is fantastic!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-2017

NIV is an easier to understand version of the Bible than King James, and yet I don't feel you lose too much in the translation, as you can with other versions.

Being an audio version made it extremely convenient and easy to listen to the Bible every day.

The dramatisation made this audio bible more understandable, more interesting & I kept wanting to listen to what happened next, even though I've read it before, more than once. Great actors used & wonderful dramatisation- thank you!

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Great story!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-2017

Well written, realistic and the characters were very well developed, with real depth. Great performance of the characters as well. My only bug bear was with the production of the book - the music which began and ended each chapter drove me nuts! For the first chapter, I thought 'Hey, this is original'. But it went downhill extremely fast from there. I kept looking for a way to turn off the music in the settings of the book, but wasn't able to find one. Maybe it was just somewhere I didn't look; if that was the case, the option to turn off the music needs to be made clearer. If that was not the case, then that option needs to be offered - several times I considered not finishing the book, simply because of that bloody music! As the story was soooo good, I am very glad that I stuck with it and read (or in this case, listened to) the entire book; I would have missed out on a great read if I had caved in to the feelings of irritation and dread that music produced in me!

Best narration ever!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-2017

Would you consider the audio edition of Hold Me Close to be better than the print version?

Yes, as a direct result of both the unique method of narration used for this audiobook and the performance of the actors.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Unable to choose - all the characters were so well researched, well written & had such depth to them (even the bad guy!).

What about Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s performance did you like?

Amazing!! Due to the method used for the narration of this book, consistency of performance was wonderful. The acting abilities of both Phil Gigante & Natalie Rose were outstanding, and their portrayal of this book's characters made this the best audiobook performance I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most definitely.

Any additional comments?

It is extremely rare for me to write a full review of any Audible or Kindle book, and I am a prolific listener/reader. This book, however, definitely merits one.

Finally an Audible book has been narrated with the male actor performing all of the male characters, and the female actor portraying all of the female characters - just as you would hear in a movie or tv series! This is instead of the more common methods employed, where either there is one narrator doing all the voices of every character for the entire book, or the other frequently used method where although there is one male and one female narrator, these actors voice alternate chapters, one from the female characters perspective, then one from the male character's perspective. Using ether of these methods, generally the actors would do a very poor job of voicing the opposite sex; in addition, using the alternating method usually results in a very obvious lack of consistency in both character accent and portrayal. The method used in this book was much more appealing, also resulting in consistency in both character performance and accent. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!! In my opinion, this is the way all Audible books should have always been produced, and I hope that all future ones will be produced with the same respect to male and female characters.

The characters in this book had great depth and were very well portrayed by the author and actors. A special mention to both Phil Gigante & Natalie Rose for their fabulous performances - their acting skills in particular really added to the overall appeal of this story and my listening pleasure. The storyline was extremely well researched and well written. In depth discussions and observations between the characters regarding their introspective views on life in general, as well as their perspectives on adversities faced, really made for a thought provoking story.

Rosalind James has created a very interesting and appealing story. The only way that she could have improved it, would have been to have included more sex scenes with greater detail (but that is simply my personal preference when it comes to the Romance or Erotica genres).

Kind regards,
Angie (AKA - Nina Warrior Piglet!)