I must be the last person on earth who didn’t twig to this title being written by a well-known, Emmy winning actress, Alison Sweeney. But – I don’t watch soaps anymore – the last time I followed one was during the wedding of Luke and Laura (I know – years!) on General Hospital. But I liked the premise of this story, and thought a bit of chick lit would be a nice listen.
fun, funny and engaging story with a touch of romance and plenty of ‘insider’ feel.
Maddy is a script supervisor (don’t know what that is? It is explained) for a major primetime drama. She’s one of those uber organized unflappable people who knows her job, her place and is aware of where everyone else needs to be at any given time. She’s easy to like: she’s down to earth, doesn’t wander about with stars in her eyes and keeps her work and love life separate by holding fast to her ‘no actors’ rule.
Maddy has a clear vision of her path and where she is heading, but she drops the ball a bit to collaborate with a co-worker, Craig, in the production of a new reality show based in her hometown. Maddy’s naiveté works against her when she doesn’t see the red flags in Craig’s intentions: both toward her and his own upward career military. Fortunately, through this near-miss, Maddy puts the confidence she demonstrates in her job into her own personal affirmations and finds that she is capable of standing up for her own wishes and desires and things she believes in, Craig be damned.
Maddy is an interesting contradiction: gung-ho and solid in her work with a bevy of personal insecurities that are displayed in strange ways, and with her real shot at romance with Adam, an actor who has pursued her for a while. Their romance is sweet, but Maddy’s insecurities undermine a fragile relationship.
With wonderfully well-developed characters and lovely insets from behind the scenes, Sweeney has crafted a story that is intriguing and engaging, even with the few moments of predictable pitfalls that appear.
A self-narrated title, Alison Sweeney brought her acting skills to the table, adding emotion and impact to the words on the page, without overwhelming the moment or the text. I particularly enjoyed Maddy’s voice in her “I am woman’ roar moments: managing the difficulties, solving problems and wresting control of the world around her to make her day move smoothly. Subtle changes mark different character voices and the polished presentation made this a wonderful listen.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
Title: Scared Scriptless
Author: Alison Sweeney
Narrator: Alison Sweeney
Published by: Hachette Audio, Hachette Book Group
Published on: 28 October 2014
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 19 minutes
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Maddy Carson is a mass of contradictions. She loves her job as Script Supervisor on a hit TV show, but hates "Hollywood." Super-organized and down-to-earth, Maddy is clearly one of the best at her job, and her strict dating rule - "No Actors!" - helps her keep focused on her career. However, a budding relationship with Craig, one of the executives at her company, may even propel her into the big leagues. Could Wolf County, her beloved hometown in the mountains, be saved from a financial crisis by creating a reality show featuring the eccentrics in the small ski village? Maddy is determined to try, even when she learns that Craig's agenda doesn't exactly line up with her altruistic goal.
Meanwhile, Maddy still has a full-time job to manage, her family to deal with, and a gorgeous new actor, Adam Devin, determined to wear down her resistance. Eventually Maddy must learn to break all her self-imposed rules and simply follow her heart.
Scared Scriptless offers an engagingly relatable heroine, laugh-out-loud humor, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how television is made.
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.