Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu Audio Set by Kaitlynzq
You may have seen my spotlight post last week about the giveaway for Kaitlynzq’s audio set and now I’ve finally finished listening so I can add my official review! I have to preface this review with the fact I don’t think this is my type of book, and for that I apologize because I just don’t think I understood or appreciated it like others have or will.
I did find it interesting that the stories were told through journal entries and descriptions of creative art such as photography, dance choreography, screenplay snippets and other creations. There were some wonderfully creative moments that explained different characters’ emotions or certain situations they found themselves in through these unique avenues. These storylines also focus on loneliness, the need to belong and abusive relationships between lovers and family members which evoke many different emotions.
I understand that this is a newer author and why she recorded the book herself, however as an audiobook, I believe it is extremely important to hire a professional to read it for you. There were many moments where I found myself tuning out the book due to the monotone voice and lack of inflections during such emotional and difficult situations. There would be a character “yelling” and yet the tone was exactly the same as the passage before that was to be a soft whisper and truly was the same inflection through the entirety of the book. Since this book is described as poetic with lyrical wording and certainly had some lyrical phrases, inflections would have helped immensely.
Speaking of the description, I felt it was a bit misleading. I was expecting multiple poems and multiple characters and stories that are interwoven. While listening, the first half of the book was only focused on one character and her journal entries. Although certain passages of her writing was poetic in nature, the majority was just a story written through journal entries and her innermost thoughts. The second half of the book finally added a few additional characters and some poetic entries but it still mostly focused on that first main character until the last two chapters were there were suddenly several minor characters that were briefly introduced before they disappeared. I was also expecting background music and sounds throughout the entirety of the book and yet you only get small snippets of music or sounds between chapters or characters’ point of views. Due to the fact I was expecting something different, I think it altered the way I experienced this book.
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*