Author: Miss Mae
Narrators: Stephen Mendel, Dave Mallow, J.W. Terry, Toni Attell, Robin Riker
Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes
Publisher: Miss Mae
Released: Nov. 11, 2016
On an island bordering the coast of South Carolina, a convention is planned for “Catch Me” game enthusiasts. The game, designed by Stuart Harrington, wealthy businessman, is the genius behind the hottest game craze. But only ten guests are able to arrive before Brian, a category four hurricane, makes landfall. Lois Steinberg washes ashore on the beach. Amongst strangers, she has no idea who to trust and when Paul, the cook, is found murdered, events happen too eerily reminiscent of any “Catch Me” game that Stuart Harrington could ever conceive.
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Miss Mae is all about romantic mysteries. With her writing style compared to the likes of Agatha Christie, her books “Said the Spider to the Fly”, “When the Bough Breaks”, “Dove Island”, “It’s Elementary, My Dear Winifred” and “See No Evil, My Pretty Lady” are award winning best sellers. The novellas “Miss Penelope’s Letters”, and “Through a Glass Darkly” have received top rated five-star reviews. Her latest murder mystery, “Catch Me If You Can”, in audio format, has won the platinum award in the 2017 Hermes Creative International Competition. Tantalizing trailers, and more information, is readily available at her website.
She’s also penned three tales in the ‘Ahoy, Mischaps!’ children’s/humor series. Book #1 is “Ahoy, Gum Drop!” followed by Book #2 “Ahoy, Out There!” with Book #3, “Ahoy, Mummy Mia!” In these slightly cracked stories, readers are introduced to a cast of intriguing, extraordinary and downright bizarre characters, accompanied by the one and only I.B. Nosey, the ‘official unofficial’ reporter. To learn more about the ‘Mischaps’ and cyberspace’s only Pukelitzer Award winning interviewer, visit ‘Feeling Nosey?’
Catch Me If You Can has a very entertaining storyline, transferred into audiobook format with special sound effects and more! Miss Mae has a story with an incredible “whodunit” vibe. There are several elements engulfed in this tale like murder, mayhem, paranoia, fear, and romance. Readers who enjoy listening to audiobooks will have a change from the normal one reader wonder in this full-on production.
Stuck in hurricane weather on a small island bordering the coast of South Carolina, a woman has washed ashore from a supposed snorkeling exploration. There is a big convention going on for the release of a game called Catch Me and ten guests have arrived. The big game designer, Stuart Harrington, is scheduled to come out but with the weather, that may not happen. Shortly after everyone arrives, they find the cook dead and the fingers start pointing. Everyone comes to the conclusion that the cook must have been murdered and anyone of them could be next. Who can you trust in a place where everyone has their own reasons for looking suspicious?
Miss Mae has a deeply invigorating and mysterious novel, but the audiobook production is something that is new for Turning Another Page. It did take some getting used to before the pace and flow of the story could sink in, and this may totally happen for other readers who are used to listening to one or at the maximum, two narrators and no background noise. The main narrator did change his tone with the different scenes, but the feel of the book did not scream mystery or suspense too well. While the overall story is interesting, the audio seemed too upbeat which clashed with the content of the story. The pace is very quick and the other vocal portrayals were relayed fairly well. If you are a reader of mystery and romantic suspense, you may want to try this one out.
A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Catch Me If you Can by Miss Mae, narrated Stephen Mendel, Dave Mallow, J.W. Terry, Toni Attell, Robin Riker.
Q&A with Author Miss Mae
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
- Not at all. At the time I wrote “Catch Me If You Can”, I wasn’t aware that an audio could even be done. So, the book was meant for ebook and print.
- How did you select your narrator?
- When searching for narrators/producers, I saw his profile (Roger Rittner, though he’s not a narrator. He’s the producer/director.) I clicked on his displayed sample and wow! I was floored by what I heard. Music, sound effects, women voices to “play” the female characters, male for the men. I contacted him immediately and asked if he would care to read my book. (He’s incredibly busy with producing audios -which aren’t complete in a matter of weeks. My book took two years, but the time and effort that went into it was completely worth the wait.) Anyway, I wasn’t real sure he’d want to, or have time. But he agreed, and then I held my breath in anxious expectation during the weeks while I awaited his answer.
- How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?
- Extremely. Roger is very patient, and his work top-notch. After he takes on your project, it becomes his project. He selects the actors who he knows will grasp your characters personalities and will bring them to life. He answers emails in a timely manner and keeps you in the loop step-by-step.
- Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
- Yes. Like the age of the characters, things like that. But Roger himself is so naturally attuned, it’s amazing how he grasps the scenes and of how the dialogue should flow. (emotions, bitter laughs, harsh chuckles, etc.)
- Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
- Oh boy, indeed! After the US has now experienced hurricanes Harvey and Irma, my book seems even more relevant. My family went through Hugo (though we evacuated). Some folks may not remember that one, but it was also a category 5. We’d just moved to Savannah three months earlier and then along comes Hugo in September, aiming its eye dead center on us.Well, it turned at the last minute and made landfall in Charleston, SC. Yet my memories of that ordeal is reflected in this audio book, though I embellish it with a fictional plot, of course.
- Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
- Good grief, yes! Every. Single. Bit. I kid you not. What Roger does by adding the sound effects completely and totally immerses you in the story that reading simply can’t do. I mean, with Roger’s expertise, you live this book. From the opening scene to the last sentence of the last chapter, you are there – hearing, seeing, speaking. It’s uncanny how he transports you to Wycliff House Resort on Hanibel Island. Goosebumps erupt on your flesh as you hear the roar of hurricane force wind, or the blood-chilling pierce of a woman’s terrified scream, -and then, for extra atmosphere- he adds eerie music. Maybe some people aren’t used to this kind of enhanced audiobook, but I wouldn’t have “Catch Me If You Can” any other way.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
- They should reconsider. I especially advise they check out all productions created by Roger Rittner. While some may consider audiobooks as “ordinary” or as simply “being read aloud” by one narrator, Roger’s is neither. His work is award winning because he does more than bring a listener/reader an “ordinary narrator reading aloud” a plot. No. His books are true creations of audible art, audio experiences if you will. Imagine yourself sitting on a comfy, padded chair in a darkened room, with surround-sound speakers, volume up. Close your eyes, and turn on one of Roger’s books. Immediately, the music starts, swelling around you, drawing you in. Introductory credits are spoken, and then – sound effects so vivid, so real that you are lost -not in a virtual reality, but in an audio reality.
- How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
- I release a deep, happy sigh! And then I immediately muse: “Well. What next can I come up with?”
- What’s next for you?
- Right now, I’m writing a series, completely different from “Catch Me If You Can” or my other romantic mysteries. The series is “Ahoy, Mischaps!”. It’s a fun, silly, adventurous journey for a group of fun, silly, adventurers with such names as Sir. O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh, The Narrator, Heathcliff the private detective possum, Dr. Ag O. Nee the Mad Scientist Extraordinare, and other such “mischaps.” I’ll give you one guess as to who was generous enough to agree to put this into audio. *wink*
- Lois Steinberg – washes ashore the beach of Hanibel Island during a category four hurricane. Who is she? What’s her history? Glimpses are given during flashbacks at various scenes. She finds herself attracted to the man who rescued her, Victor Helm.
- Victor Helm – Handsome, flirty, with his own secrets. He suspects there’s more to Lois’s story than what she reveals, and he intends to discover whatever it is.
- Jenna Milford – owner of the historic resort where Lois washes ashore. She’d scheduled a ‘Catch Me’ game convention, but Hurricane Brian decided otherwise.
- B. J. – guest at the convention, loving grandmother, arrived from Jacksonville just in time before Brian struck.
- Tia – another guest. Lovely Asian woman. Maybe has her eye on Victor?
- Jared Steele – all brawn, and smug conceit. Just the kind of guy who enjoys taunting Victor.
- Pete – another ‘Catch Me’ enthusiast. Or not.
- Paul – the cook. Murdered by someone using a southern iron skillet as the choice of weapon. Maybe they didn’t like him using lard in his recipes.
- Bob – loud mouthed, intolerable jerk. He didn’t come to make any friends.
- Rajah – definitely not one of Bob’s friends.
- Cookie – blond, curvy, moral character questionable but tough as nails. Maybe.
- Stuart Harrington – New York millionaire, creator of the ‘Catch me’ game series. His purpose at the convention was to award his newest game, “Catch Me If You Can” to one lucky winner.
- Mite – Victor’s golden retriever. The game wouldn’t be complete without him.
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