Friday, July 6, 2012
Unraveled by customer reviews
I wonder at the venom of some customer reviews. I've had the opportunity to be on the receiving end of these reviews -- for my film, RACING DAYLIGHT, (now on Showtime!), and most recently on Audible for UNRAVELED. It seems romance listeners are very opinionated. Who knew?
I loved narrating the Courtney Milan romance novel UNRAVELED. A great story, with Dickensian characters. I gave it my best, so it's unsettling when disappointed listeners write comments like:
"I suggest the Publishing House NEVER EVER EVER uses this narrator again" and "Narrator was awful!" and "I will not buy any book where Ms. Quinn is the reader."
and this one which confuses me completely
"I am certain I will AVOID THE NARRATOR! Though gifted in voices, Nicole Quinn should save the weird voices for a science-fiction or fantasy-style book, never Historical Romance!"
Ironically, all of the romance novels for which I have auditioned asked for a "melodramatic" reading. I'm not sure what that means, but it doesn't sound tame.
What's so great about the ACX model is that, more often than not, the author is choosing the narrator and approving the final product. I would suggest to the reviewers quoted above, that they listen to the 5 min samples before they buy. This might lessen any buyer's remorse.
Personally, I generally review products I like, and couch my reviews in the realm of opinion and not as empirically evidenced fact.
On the other hand, I LOVE a rave review, and so to absolve the sting of the meanies, I share the flip side: