Every now and then I want to just have a quick listen, something that isn’t going to take a long time to listen to, and that will provide a laugh or two.
That’s Why I’m the Soap Opera Writer by Matthew W. Grant manages to check all of those boxes in this quick and short humorous story that follows a small-town Maine boy who made it big in the world of the daytime drama, and see the cut-throat behind the scenes changes that can happen when one upsets the writing staff.
Cleverly plotted with a solid description of the “early’ Robert until his ride on the star train at the #2 soap on daytime television as one half of the most popular couple. When the ratings start to diminish, HUGE changes are instituted on the set, and Robert comes face to face with the woman who holds his career in the palm of her hand. The Head Writer, nicknamed Brillo Pad, for her wiry hair and even pricklier personality.
Narration for this short is provided by Jeannie Lin started a little flat, but the story pace and options for emoting were limited: soon her voice clearly grabbed the feel of the conversations and characters. Her voice is clear and crisp, with solid attention to both the story and the several asides added for reader’s edification in the text. She clearly and cleanly hopped between characters when dialog was added, and her narration provided a clean and pleasant listen.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: That's Why I'm The Soap Opera Writer
Author: Matthew W. Grant
Narrator: Jeannie Lin
Published by: Self-Produced
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 37 Minutes
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A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.