Thursday 3 October 2019

AUDIO TOUR: Sleep - C.L.Taylor

All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn't feel so guilty.... 

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare. 

Each of the guests has a secret, but one of them is lying - about who they are and why they're on the island. There's a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they've set their sights on Anna. 

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie. 

Someone's going to sleep and never wake up.... 

What did I think?

I read and reviewed the amazing Sleep by C.L. Taylor earlier this year and it has become one of the books that I continually recommend, so I was intrigued to find out how it would compare in audiobook.  The answer?  As gripping, intriguing and even more scarily chilling!

I'm a bit of an audiobook virgin as, although I have tried them a few times, I found that I would quickly get distracted by whatever I was doing whilst listening to the book and not have a clue what was going on when I finally tuned back in.  This most definitely wasn't the case with Sleep with the audiobook keeping me as wide-eyed and alert as much as the paperback did.  

Clare Corbett is the narrator and she has such an amazing range of voices.  I admit, it did freak me out a bit at first when the voices changed, especially from female to male, but I soon got used to it.  The different timbres and accents in Clare's voice made the characters very distinct and easy to identify during conversations; it actually sounds like more than one person is narrating.  I also love the slight huskiness to Clare's voice and her ability to read with such clarity that every single word is enunciated clearly.   I was amazed at Clare's ability to project a range of emotions through the power of her voice; I was surprised that I could actually hear emotions such as fear, anger, despair and concern being made tangible by the stunning narration.

Having scooped a myriad awards, it goes without saying that Sleep is a superb book to read but it has been taken to another level in audiobook, with perfectly paired stunning narration for a stunning book.  Having listened to every single word during the 8 hours and 55 minutes of Sleep, I'm now well and truly hooked on audiobooks!

I chose to listen to an audiobook and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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