Saturday, February 22, 2014

Bruce Edwards Words and Music Tour 2013 by Bruce Edwards

This audio book was acquired free from the author in exchange for a review.

Bruce Edwards Words and Music Tour 2013 is a sample of the author, Bruce Edwards, reading excerpts from his book The Age of Amy: Bonehead Bootcamp. This audiobook was an experiment to see how reading his book would seem being read with a musical score in the background. The CD has about fifteen minutes of the reading of the beginning of the book.

The premise of this was to keep the reading of a book interesting, instead of being a droning sound (the author's voice). The music chosen is rather cliché, but sounds good. Edwards does a fair job without the music in the background, which does little to enhance the experience. It is too often executed early so that you know what will happen next. A character may finish a sentence only to have sad music play immediately afterward. From this, you know that the story is going to suddenly turn sad.

Bruce Edwards Words and Music Tour 2013 was a bold experiment that tests the boundaries of the common format of audiobooks. While the music does little to enhance the experience, perhaps it is a good enough idea to keep experimenting with.