The Wurst Audiobook Narrator Nominees #4
I just got my first one-star review. It was going to happen sooner or later, but I'm taking it better than I expected. Plus it gave me an easy excuse to write another installment.
Maybe it's because I've bombed so much on stage that I'm sort of numb to any kind of negative feedback. Plus the listener was just honest and addressed some valid points:
"Martin Wurst's narration felt he was simply reading the words on a page rather than telling a story, lacking hesitation, modulation emphasisation until i felt he had got the story and it improved towards the end, (very like listening to Apples Siri when it reads out messages) "
Audible asked if he would be willing to try another performance by Martin Wurst.
I really can't get mad at this. As an amateur, I would often struggle to get through a sentence, instead of really telling the story. Sometimes I would speed through because I would be essentially holding my breath, instead of pausing and taking my time. I could make a list of excuses, but that doesn't change the fact that this guy saw my performance as crap. He loved the story though, (5 stars) and I almost completely ruined the experience for him. That sucks. I'm glad he wrote the negative review, because just like when I bomb on stage, it lights a fire in me. You have to work harder, Wurst! I can correct this.
This week's nominee goes to Jane Boyer for her performance of Night Hawk. Jane received a similar criticism on her delivery,
"The woman narrating sounds like she is overdosing on valium."
I suppose Jane and I can battle it out when they're looking to replace the Siri voice!