An Audiobook Review feat. during #Audiobookmonth | “Fame is a Killer” (Book One: Hope Hadley Cosy Mysteries) by Meredith Potts, narrated by Rachel Carr

Posted Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 by jorielov , , , 0 Comments

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Acquired Digital Audiobook by: I am a new blog tour hostess with Audiobookworm Promotions wherein I have the opportunity to receive audiobooks for review or adoption (reviews outside of organised blog tours) and host guest features on behalf of authors and narrators alike. I started hosting for Audiobookworm Promotions at the end of [2016] during “The Cryptic Lines” tour wherein I became quite happily surprised how much I am now keen on listening to books in lieu of reading them in print. My journey into audiobooks was prompted by a return of my chronic migraines wherein I want to offset my readings with listening to the audio versions.

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of “Fame is a Killer” via the publicist at Audiobookworm Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This complimentary copy I received is part of the ‘Adopt an Audiobook’ programme where reviewers are given a 90 day window to listen and review the book. I was given a soft deadline where I could post my ruminative thoughts at an hour which worked for me on the day the review was due which in this instance is the 25th of July or at any point ahead of the 25th if I finished the audiobook sooner. This differs from a blog tour which has a more set schedule of posting. The audiobooks are offered to ‘adopt’ for review consideration and are given to readers to gauge their opinions, impressions and insight into how the audiobook is resonating with listeners. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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Why I was in the mood for a light, cheeky & humourous Cosy Mystery:

I’ve been struggling with my migraines throughout Spring this year – to the level, where it was starting to get me down quite a bit. I did openly talk about my health afflictions recently whilst wrapping up #wyrdandwonder for those of my readers who might have missed the post when it originally appeared.  I even felt more confident going into June, where I could focus more on *audiobooks!* rather than print, celebrating #Audiobookmonth – until of course, I found myself with a new after effect of clustered migraines: not only are print books harder to shift back into but I was struggling to focus on my audio listenings as well.

The only solace I had really were the podcasts I was listening to (regularly try to binge on Talking Audiobooks & AudioShelf – whilst attempting to read others I’ve discovered) and knowing I had a cheeky Cosy Mystery (this one!) to listen to which might break me out of my funk and get me back on track! The reason I felt like I was in a bit of a funk as it was unusual to have such a hard transition back into reading – having chronic migraines, you develop your toolbox of how to navigate through them but also, how to ‘resume’ where you left off with what you had to ‘let go of’ during them after your in the ‘clear’ from having them occur.

This month was another hard lesson in recognising despite how well-versed we are with ourselves, sometimes life likes to keep us on our toes and through in a new wrinkle of angst we weren’t expecting! Therefore, I barely read or heard any stories this month, as resting was what I needed and despite my patience on the thinner side for the hours I felt were slipping past me, the stories themselves were ready for me once I could re-attach myself into them. I think the hardest part as a reader is realising sometimes we just need extra ‘breaks’ in our reading lives – we get so wicked excited over everything we desire to read, sometimes we just can’t keep that kind of pace up when it comes time to actually absorbing them!

Thus, having a cheeky light-hearted Cosy Mystery in queue was exactly what I needed – as you are about to find out! I’m quite thrilled I spied this on the list of available audiobooks – as it seriously gave me a heap of lovely joy as I listened to the narrator and coloured in one of my animal colouring books as well as Joyful Inspirations by Robin Mead!

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An Audiobook Review feat. during #Audiobookmonth | “Fame is a Killer” (Book One: Hope Hadley Cosy Mysteries) by Meredith Potts, narrated by Rachel CarrFame is a Killer
by Meredith Potts
Source: Audiobook via Audiobookworm Promotions
Narrator: Rachel Carr

Genres: Amateur Detective, Cosy Mystery, Crime Fiction

Places to find the book:

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Published by Self Published

on 9th January, 2018

Format: Audiobook | Digital

Length: 2 hours, 7 minutes (unabridged)

Self-Published Audiobook

Meredith Potts | Site | GoodReads

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my review of fame is a killer:

When I first heard the opening chapter, I was surprised how predictable the story sounded until I realised, I wasn’t listening to the novel – this was a scene out of a television detective drama! As Hope Hadley is an actress whose playing a role to save her reputation and her life: sleuthing to prove her innocence in a crime she didn’t commit before the detective on the case finds a reason she could be guilty instead! The opening bits are her as her former self – a detective on a televised drama which is actually used as a bridge into what becomes her new life!

Hope is dealing with ageism in Hollywood – she’s thirtyten, an age pushing the envelope for an actress who wants to stay active in the field. (As an aside, all women find this horrid but it is unfortunately a reality we must admit exists even if it is unjustly unfair!) She didn’t understand the logic of why becoming a ‘certain age’ was now a determent to being a viable option for producers but this is a key issue IRL as much as it is in Hope’s world.

To complicate matters, she’s on the verge of ending her run on a high profile detective drama, where she was in the lead role whilst her best friend was easily shifting into a medical drama whilst Hope herself was trying to dodge the growing reality of being an unemployed actress. Even her agent didn’t encourage her much, as he was a realist not wanting to paint her a picture of a future he couldn’t see manifest for his client. Instead, Hope tries not to lose sight of the chance she might be able to secure a new role (even if that feels entirely unlikely!).

Her co-stars are feeling the rejection of being booted off the series as much as Hope but none of this is preparing her for the reality about to knock on her door! Before she finds out whose rattling on her front door, Jenna (her best friend) tries to rally her mood. As the story moves forward, you’ll find Jenna and Hope are the kind of soul-sisters who go head-first into danger before slowing down and thinking about the consequences; except to say, Jenna has a bit more caution in her bones than Hope! Hope would rather make a dramatic choice rather than stay sidelined and left in the dark – which brings up the heart of the story!

When Hope finds herself unceremoniously unemployed facing a detective less inclined to believe her innocence than Mannix might have – she re-fuells her focus into tackling how to piece together what became of her boyfriend after they parted company. You have to know though, Hope is pretty self-absorbed into her own affairs, but in a kind-hearted way – as she’s not conceited, but she does like to keep her life on the lighter side; therefore, sometimes she comes across as having tunnel vision without too much of a focus outside her career. In fact, it’s almost as if this was the key plot point to the story – showing Hope there is more to life than the stage (so to speak).

Her boyfriend, Trent had a more secure career due to the double standard of men vs women in Hollywood (in regards to aging) but what he lacked was a level head in regards to having a serious relationship with Hope. After shattering her heart and forcing Hope to take a personal leave of absence from her cast-mates (she skipped a wrap party for her cancelled show!) – the last thing on Hope’s mind is the next morning would alter her perception about her relationship with Trent and the other women in her ex’s life.

Detective Noble was the classic detective who is seeking out persons of interest in the case he’s trying to solve but without seeing the truth in some of the conversations he was having with people he suspected. It made a bit of sense why Hope wasn’t knocked off his list but in other ways, it seemed silly she was kept on it – as despite her reasons for not being the guilty party were light on evidence to support her claims, there was something about how she talked about her alibi which felt the most sincere. The irony of course, is the fact Hope grew up in a law enforcement family and part of what was fuelling her desire to solve this case herself was the fact she understood law and order procedures.

Jenna’s the kind of friend you hope to have in your corner – she is up for nearly everything, a wicked good sounding board for fireside chats and to hash out theories but one of her best qualities is supporting Hope irregardless of how shocked she is by the news Hope shares over coffee! Laughs. The two make quite the hilarious team to unearth clues, as Jenna is more comfortable searching the internet for potential leads whereas Hope likes to put herself out there – interviewing the women in Trent’s life up close and personal. It was through these conversations, Hope learnt a valuable lesson in treading carefully when your not entirely clued into the events which led to the crime you were considered the prime suspect!

I admit, I sometimes like to take a leave of my own sleuthing mind to follow the leads and clues an author is giving me. In this Cosy, it would stand to reason as it plays out, you might feel it has a predictable ending – that’s where you’d be grossly mistaken! As the ending chapter did honestly take me by surprise – even if after the fuller revelation is known, it all makes logical sense why this person committed the crime (for the reasons only logical to ‘them’) – it isn’t the ending I was suspecting! In fact, it was a healthy ending from the stand-point, this was all leading into a cautionary tale about personal principles and morals whilst owning to the fact sometimes you get lost inside your own pursuit of a career you forget what you want to live for – which is exactly what Hope re-examines on a heart level as she’s sleuthing to find the truth.

The only disappointment I can share is ‘where’ this series is relocated too – as there is a change of locale moving forward in the series – one which I honestly have zero interest in following after as outside of The Golden Girls, it’s never a ‘good’ locale for me in fiction. Even Burn Notice disappointed me – though that had less to do with location and more to do with script issues and character alterations! My point – if you love this story and don’t mind the state being exchanged for another one 3,000 miles away in the end, you’ll find this series a sweet fit for your continued joy in the author’s humourous spin on Cosies!

on the cosy mystery styling of ms potts:

There is a cheekiness to the writing, where the light-hearted manner in which the dialogue is half a step inside of a joke and stirring a thickening plot before your ears, makes this one story which flows freely at a rapid pace – never letting you pause long enough to consider most of the clues being dropped in front of you! You get into the rhythm of the narration and find the words the author chose to illuminate the story itself to be a fun burst of joy, as there was something rather humourous about the whole affair!

Definitely one of the lighter Cosies you can listen to when you need a respite from something more serious, where your funny-bone gets a work-out and your smiles become quite permanent as you listen to how this yarn unravels! Ms Potts also has deftly managed to use the word ‘hope’ or ‘hoping’ in a crafty manner of repetitiveness that doesn’t rankle your ears but rather, gives you a chuckle of a laugh every now and then in the plot!

This is one of those stories you can’t take too seriously – it wasn’t written to be a serious tome on police procedural or even for amateur sleuthing! Half the time, it’s knitted out of tongue-in-cheek exchanges of dialogue, heaps of cliches and enough humour to keep you laughing as the seriousness of the situations are subdued by the wit Ms Potts injected into the conversations which pepper the narrative. What more could you hope for if your seeking a light-hearted Cosy!? Did you see what I just did there? (smirks) You’ll love the author if you caught it!

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specifically in regards to the audiobook:

As I am relatively new to reviewing audiobooks and listening to them with a greater frequency than of the past, I am appreciative of Ms Jess providing a cursory outline of how best to articulate my listening hours on behalf of this audiobook and the others I shall be blogging about or reviewing in future. I’ve modified the suggestions to what I felt were pertinent to respond too on my own behalf as well as keeping to the questions I felt were relevant to share.

Number of Times I’ve heard the Narrator(s):

This is my first time hearing the narration of Rachel Carr.

Regards to the Narrator’s Individual Character performances:

Hope Hadley: Her voice is actually rather high pitched, with a lot of anxious emotions running through her voice for the opening chapters, as per relating to the news she learns in the story-line. Her voice keeps a steady tempo of energy throughout the whole audiobook – I became so used to hearing her voiced this way, I just took it as her natural speaking voice, even though I know she was a bit overly acted in some parts and more her natural self in others.

Secondary Characters:

  • Hope’s best friend: Jenna
  • Detective Noble
  • Trent (Hope’s boyfriend)

Despite the fact these are different characters, the voicing of their lines were not entirely distinctive of being ‘different than’ Hope’s own voice. The only reason why this wasn’t distracting is because to me this story felt like it was being ‘told to me’ as someone might retell a story to you IRL, say by one of your friends, where they weren’t trying to differentiate between the differences in voices or personalities, but rather they want to impart the story to you.

How the Novel sounded to me as it was being Read: (theatrical or narrative)

As foresaid, this novel felt like it was being narrated as someone is telling you a story second-hand, although there are moments where it felt theatrical due to how it was being narrated. It’s a hard call really to put it into words how this sounds as a listener, as I loved listening to Ms Carr move through her lines, as it’s the kind of story you can zone out listening too and regroup after finding yourself pulled out of your reading life due to health afflictions (which is how I entered it myself). There are moments of humour, awkward plot directions and some seriously fluffy Cosy elements that just make you burst into smiles and giggles!

Preference after listening to re-Listen or pick up the book in Print?

I couldn’t read this if I wanted to as the narrator just convinced me she’s ‘Hope Hadley’ to where I wouldn’t want to read the book in print as I’d lose that attachment I have with her voice to the character! This isn’t the first time I’ve felt that way – as sometimes, you just prefer the audio version over the print. *laughs*

In closing, would I seek out another Rachel Carr audiobook?

I would like to find other stories Ms Carr has narrated and see if she still relates stories the same way she does throughout Fame is a Killer or if she’s graduated into creating separate voices for both male and female characters or even just altering her voice between lead and supporting cast. Either way, I enjoyed her performance because it fit the kind of story I was in the mood to be hearing and that was a wicked blessing!

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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