I knew I would like this audiobook. I really enjoyed the first book in this “series”. I put quotes around that because both books are really standalones. They are just in the same world with the same characters sometimes. I feel like I should just consider both books to be in the spotlight. They are both very wholesome and amazing. They are also both a little spicy. Not too much, but it’s there. Both are also on Kindle Unlimited.
This is the latest installment in the Sword of Truth series. When I finished Confessor, I was like oh thank goodness. It’s all over. They can live in peace now. They can rest and heal. I feel like there should have been a narrator somewhere saying: She did not know just how wrong her statement was. This is along the same series, but on its own so to speak. It’s a whole different conflict that takes place after the main series. I’m already sixty chapters in. For those of you who don’t know, I read two chapters a day with my mother. We have been buddy reading the series. The narrator of this book is pretty amazing.
I’m really enjoying this audiobook very much. It’s the first book in this world that’s narrated by a female. I mean the rest of the series is mainly from a male perspective, but still. I also just realized that while the series is told in third person, this book is told in third person. To be fair, the series as a whole changes perspectives now and then. This book takes place a couple thousand years before the series does. Has anybody else read any of these books?
This book gained my attention from the very beginning. I mean the story itself was amazing as it was. The narrator intensified the amazing story and made it even better. I felt like I was actually there. I plan to get the rest of the books in this series in audio and listen to them as well. I fully recommend this.
This became one of my favorite trilogies of all time very quickly. It’s intense. It’s hilarious. It’s very quirky. That’s not even adding the fact that one of the narrators is one of my favorite narrators of all time. I still need to read the third book of this trilogy yet, but I know I’ll love it. I contacted the author and bought signed copies of her entire lot. For those who follow me on Instagram, I’ll have a lovely post or five with the books there. I fully recommend this book, this author, and the narrators involved in the audiobook.
This book and it’s sequel, Cocky F*ck, really impressed me. Even if both of them ended on insane cliffhangers. I was hooked from the very beginning. And that’s not even bringing up how amazing the narrator was with this book. I need to find a way to get the third book in my hands so I can read it and find out what happens next! I honestly thought I’d hate this book. So you can imagine how surprised I was to find that I totally love it. One day, I’ll go back and read it to find out if it’s the story itself or the narrator. I’m sure the narrator just intensifies it.
This looks to be the final part of the series that includes the Imperial Order. If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, you will when you read the series. It’s not a spoiler though. it doesn’t make sense until it makes sense. I’ve been really disappointed with the series with the past two books, but I think things are how they go. I don’t hate the series. It’s not dwindling down and becoming flat. I was very wrong about that. I’m glad I was. This narrator kind of sounds like the person on Unsolved Mysteries. It’s soothing yet creepy.
I’ve read this entire series twice. Many books in the series more than twice. I’ve finally decided to get around to listening to the series. I listened to Dragon’s Oath a long time ago and really enjoyed it. I figured I’d enjoy the series in audio as well. I’m currently on book five. The first few are narrated by somebody different. Both narrators did a pretty great job though. It adds more enjoyment to the series for me! I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the series.
This series has caused me a lot of grief and pain. It has also given me a lot of joy and hope. It’s one of the heaviest books I have read. It covers a lot of topics that are very sensitive and will trigger many readers. Believe me when I say that listening to it on audio by numerous narrators (not all in one book) has been an intense experience. This is one of the audiobooks I’m listening to currently and I thought it appropriate to share it as my featured audiobook of the week. Have any of you read this series? I’d love to talk about it with someone.
Rent in New Metta is through the cavern ceiling. When Granu barely survives her first gig teaching students who attempt to fillet her for lunch, the baby-eating troll ends up unemployed and facing eviction. Granu’s only prospect for income is grueling work in the tar pits. That is, until her playboy best friend devises a perfect, if suicidal, scheme — a heist! The Covered Bridge, the largest source of income for the city, has New Metta well under hoof. In a week, TCB Corporation pulls in enough cash to buy a small country. It’s the ideal target, but security is top-notch. Granu needs three things to survive this heist: a crew of specialists, impenetrable sun protection, and gallons of grog.There’s just one thing Granu doesn’t plan for — those damn meddling billy goats.
Sarah J Sover’s debut novel, Double-Crossing the Bridge, released in 2019 by The Parliament House, became an Amazon Best Seller in humorous fantasy. Her short fiction was published in Jordan Con’s first exclusive anthology and has been accepted for the second, releasing in 2021. Sarah was featured in September 2019’s issue of Writer’s Digest in the “Breaking In” column and subsequently wrote a guest post about leaning into your weird side for WritersDigest.com. Additionally, Sarah’s background in ecology aided her in crafting multiple articles for Dan Koboldt’s Science in Science Fiction, Fact in Fantasy blog series. Sarah lives in John’s Creek, GA with her husband, two demanding little people, seemingly immortal snake, and rescue pup Gandalf the Grey. She enjoys blues dancing and a good IPA.
Christopher is 32 years old and living just outside of Seattle, WA. By day he works in telecommunications construction, and by evening he reads to a microphone in a padded room. In his spare time he writes adventures for D&D, plays games, and paints miniatures.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Sarah J. Sover. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Granu Scoria—Small and not classically attractive for a troll with bright green eyes and a slight frame. She graduated from Vinkle U with a degree in Early Trollhood Education at the top of her class. After an unfortunate incident when two young trolls attempted to fillet her for lunch, she became unemployed and is now facing eviction if she can’t come up some cash fast. Her love life is non-existent, in part because she never believes that anyone finds her attractive.Fillig Schist—A troll of average size and attractiveness with dark hair and eyes. All he wants is a nice mate to settle down with, which he would have no problem attracting if he weren’t so clingy. He holds a Masters of Destruction in Demolition from Vinkle U, where he met Granu, and works at the quarry hauling boulders.Kradduk Chert—A hulking hunk of a troll with a bankroll to match and Granu’s oldest friend. He’s a consummate playboy, but he has hidden depths. When he’s not pursuing new conquests, he works an executive level job at The Covered Bridge, the shining jewel of the cavern city of New Metta.Len Dirtwater—A small, unattractive troll who pines after Granu. He’s a tech whiz and considers himself a “nice guy” who always finishes last. He harbors feelings of superiority and ambitions beyond what life has dealt him. Lyssa Tuff—A smoking hot troll who is probably smarter than all the others combined if they could see beyond her boulder breasts and tree trunk thighs. She works at The Covered Bridge on the demo team and her looks and brains make her the perfect grifter to add to the ensemble cast.
The Goron’s Staff:
Kell—A molent bartender whose small, pink body is covered in tattoos. He’s gentle and quiet but a badass when the situation arises. Dreatte—A grawback (upright, bird-like underling) cocktail server with a sharp tongue and a kind heart.
Sarah J. Sover’s Top 10 Classic Heist Flicks Referenced in Double-Crossing the Bridge
One of my favorite parts of writing Double-Crossing the Bridge was binging classic heist flicks with a good beer and my husband. For my own entertainment, I hid over 20 easter eggs throughout the book, but I lost my master list! I’ve only been able to rediscover 13 of them, and nobody ever took me up on a competition to find the others. Here are my favorites.10) Ocean’s ElevenThis fun gateway had to make the list considering the way it opens up so many conversations about my book.9) The Bank JobIt may not technically be a classic, but it’s based on a true story, and that makes it awesome.8) The Usual SuspectsSo many questions, such great visual story-telling! This movie provided inspiration for the cover of Double-Crossing the Bridge.7) The Asphalt JungleOh, the noir. It speaks to my heart.6) The Hot RockI must confess, I enjoyed the Westlake book more than the movie. But this story was integral to the development of the pacing for Double-Crossing the Bridge.5) Reservoir DogsTarantino heist. I don’t need to say more.4) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsI’m a sucker for all things dark and funny, so of course this gem made the list.3) The StingThis beauty helped cement the concept of the great caper for me. “I don’t know enough about killing to kill him.” Freaking fantastic.2) SnatchSnatch was a family favorite long before our binge sessions and was part of what hooked me on the heist genre. My husband and I quote it all the time, and the kids have no idea what we’re talking about.1) Hudson HawkSo many people missed the brilliance of this masterpiece. It’s everything I want in a heist flick: Action, Intrigue, and Hilarity. I’m dumbfounded at the low rating on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. What is wrong with you people?!
Q&A with Author Sarah J. Sover
Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
I hit the narrator lottery! Double-Crossing the Bridge is published through The Parliament House, a small, indie press, so we went through ACX. At first, my publisher had it listed for a female narrator only, and that makes sense since my main troll Granu is female, but that didn’t fit with what I heard in my head for this book. My publisher is always supportive of authors’ visions, so when I asked them to open it up to both male and female voices, they agreed. The next morning, we had Christopher James’ audition, and it was PERFECT! I didn’t think this book could make me laugh again after the number of revisions I did, but I was in stitches! ACX took their sweet time at the QA stage, but CJ was awesome throughout the process, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.
How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
So, this is a funny story. The audition was amazing, and I was beyond excited about the audiobook when the first section came in. My publisher sent it over to me, and there was that perfect voice again, only this time, the pronunciations were different. I didn’t want to reject the sample because everything else was so perfect, but the main character’s name and a couple others were not pronounced the way I’d intended. So, I stressed over making a pronunciation video. It was really awkward and took about 5,000 takes. My publisher sent it over to the narrator. As it turns out, there was a misplaced email from him in my publisher’s inbox asking about those specific words. Thankfully, CJ was really cool about re-recording, and we communicated directly after that point.
Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
I sometimes call Double-Crossing the Bridge a cross between How I Met Your Mother and Oceans Eleven with a cast of trolls. Fun fact: there are so many classic heist flick references in Double-Crossing the Bridge, even I can’t find them all! I misplaced the master list some time ago and have only discovered 13 of the over 20 I know are hidden in there. Aside from the artistic inspirations, I’ve got loads of social commentary layered into the Double-Crossing the Bridge world. It’s always interesting to me when readers identify with a character I wrote to be awful.
How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
I write in bursts of superhuman productivity sandwiched between dry spells. It’s that ADHD hyper-focus, I suppose. When I’m in the right headspace, all I want to do is get the story out, but I’ve got young children, so my writing is shoved into stolen little pockets of time. I frequently burn out, but then I reignite.
Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
Some of the graphic scenes are fantastic in audio format, in my opinion. There’s nothing that brings the visceral yuck more than hearing it described in intricate detail by a voice like CJ’s.
If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
Nope. Too many paradoxes to avoid and unintended consequences with going backwards, and forwards has the possibility of tainting the now. I think I’ll just take on each new horror as it comes, thank you.
In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
I honestly can’t tell you. I’ve written three books so far, and they are all firsts in potential series. I write fantasy, and when you’ve built an entire world, there’s always more than one story lurking in it. I think it might be nice to do a one-and-done, but that’s just not my style. Even though none of the sequels are written yet, those stories are still bouncing around my already cluttered head.
What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Don’t listen to everyone’s shitty advice. Do whatever you have to do to get the words down with whatever strategies work for you, and tune out all the noise. A community is necessary at the publication stage, but when it comes to writing process, only you know how to get the best out of yourself.
Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
Control what you can and then let the rest go. And definitely work with the narrator directly if you can, especially if you’re writing speculative fiction with unfamiliar pronunciations.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently querying my noir fantasy Fairy GodMurder, about a fairy godmother who goes rogue to hunt down the serial killer who slaughtered her first princess. I’m also working on the sequel, making appearances at conventions (COVID allowing), and working on a few side projects. If you follow @Comedic_SFF on Twitter, you’re supporting one of them!