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Vanishing Edge

By: Claire Kells
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
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Publisher's Summary

The rugged landscape of Sequoia National Park is a challenge on the best of days - but when a park ranger discovers an abandoned exclusive campsite with an empty tent and high-end technical gear scattered on the shores of an alpine lake, the wilderness takes on a sinister new hue. 

Thirty-two-year-old Felicity Harland - a former FBI agent who left the service in the wake of a personal tragedy and has taken her skills off the grid - is brought in as chief investigator. As a federal agent with the Investigative Services Bureau, she tackles crimes that occur on National Parks lands: unexplained falls, domestic disputes, and now a possible murder case. 

The private company that set up the exclusive camp won’t reveal their client list, leaving Felicity with zero clues. As she struggles to find a lead, she’s also haunted by a painful past that dogs her at every step. But when she meets Ferdinand Huxley, a Navy SEAL turned park ranger, she begins to see the value in not just working with a partner but trusting one, too. 

The investigation takes Felicity and Hux deep into a wilderness that tests their physical limits to the extreme - and to the mean streets of Los Angeles, where they begin to learn the grisly truth behind the campers’ disappearance....

©2021 Claire Kells (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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audio issue

Entertaining story and good narration but odd voice change periodically. Mostly with main female character but sometimes it happened to other characters. It was distracting and didn't make sense. Not sure if it was a recording issue or narration problem.

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What a lot of fun. This story kept my going -
I hope for a sequel. Humorous dialog between the main characters. Mysterious
disappearances of Glampers and lots of info
on this craze. Not mushy, plots moves along quickly, bodies litter the forests ( kidding )
things happens, And they have tp chow down
big time because of all the excercise.

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Narrator inconsistent

The story was good, but in a few spots, the narrator's voice changed which hurt my experience of the story.

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Saw the culprit almost from the beginning

The author couldn’t seem to make her mind up what she wanted to write. A highly competent detective? Or an insecure one? A good mystery, or a romance? A put-down of old fogies, or of millennials?
And as far as highly competent is concerned—it’s a hard sell when your detective entirely ignores suspicious behavior and leaps to entirely unwarranted conclusions. And fails to ask really obvious questions when interviewing witnesses. The weaknesses got harder to ignore as the book went along, until I finally gave up and skipped to the end just to get it over with.

And a pet peeve of mine—please, please don’t try to convince me someone is a math dude by tossing in the name of a famous unsolved conjecture that you as an author obviously do not have the slightest understanding of. Anyone capable of understanding the statement of what that conjecture is would NEVER claim someone majored in math because “he likes numbers” or thinks it’s cool how equations can have a single answer. Arithmetic, yes, elementary HS algebra, ok, but higher mathematics? Not a chance.

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The story was amazing but the narrator was average

As someone who has backpacked most of that area of the Sierra Nevada mountains it was fun to live through it again. Some of the landmarks are a little off but the story was incredibly good in fact it was riveting. The end was somewhat of a surprise but but I especially loved that I could picture where the bad guy trekked in order to try to make his escape. I've been there, too.

I would love to read more or listen to another book by this same author about this same area of the mountains. Any of Mineral King, black rock pass, little 5 lakes, the 9 lake basin, Kern canyon.... you get the picture!

I only have one criticism. The narrator's voice kept changing.. It was as if there was a lot of stopping and starting while recording the book. I liked the narrator's voice; it just needed to be edited better.

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  • 11-20-21

Couldn't finish reading because of poor narration

I like the story but will have to finish it by reading rather than listening. The narration was terrible - voice dropping to an almost whisper is irritating and all the voices sound the same. There is no clear distinction between when a man or woman is speaking.

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Amazing author, great narrator, horrible editing

First - Claire Kells is amazing. If you haven’t read Girl Underwater - get it!

I’ve been waiting excitedly for this author to publish a new book. Narrator is great - but there are areas that sound like they had someone else read a sentence and then spliced it in. It’s distracting and very obvious.

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Wonderfully gripping story.

This novel pulled me in immediately & couldn't stop listening! Narration is a bit wonky at times, but I still pushed through... glad I did, the ending was so unexpected! Enjoy!

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Terrible editing - changed narrators and but didn’t re-record all content.

I had to switch to the ebook from my library. It was a much better experience reading the book than listening to the poorly edited Audible.

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  • 11-21-21

Average

Concept is good though my personal opinion is the overall package is fair but I classify it as average based on a number of factors several related to the audio track.
The narrator (Natalie Naudus) has a good voice, is articulate and clear however the overall performance is let down due to the following.
When speaking in the first person volume is good, crisp and clear.
When speaking in delivering a thought or an observation of one of the characters the voice reduces to just above a whisper, it grew extremely tiresome early on and made listing difficult.
It appears the soundtrack was severely edited at some point after the initial recording. There are numerous additions inserted throughout the book which are out of character and in a different 'voice'. Some of the editions added what I assume the editing team thought were significant additions whilst others left me shaking my head thinking why would you overlay the recording to add that? In my opinion it spoilt the overall effect of the book and was annoying by the stark contrast in voice, the equivalent in text like making the edited sections stand out like bold and italics.
Towards the last third of the book the book some of the voices used for different characters, specifically those of family members of the main victim, tended to drift together. A couple of times I had to regroup to identify who was actually saying what to whom.
The story itself was OK, but not cutting edge, not brilliant. For a Special Agent the main investigator is underwhelming. Makes a lot of mistakes (many admitted to in the book) and relies heavily on the supporting character to get the job done. It again had me shaking my head when in the closing section of the book the main character reflects back over the case and states she was happy with how she had handled herself. Really?
The characters are fairly consistently portrayed throughout the book. Mannerism, phrases, personal behaviour etc. And the relationship of the main two is established in such a manner to support additional episode involving them both so the closing sentence in this book came as no surprise, again a personal view but it's almost the main reason for this particular episode.
I rated the book at two stars, I know others have raved over it but in my opinion it is just not that good. OK but that's it and I would not be tempted to listen to it again or follow up books in the series.