Review: Midnight Calling

  • Title:
    • Midnight Calling: A Memoir of a Drug Smuggler’s Daughter
  • Author:
    • Lynn Walker
  • Release:
    • April 5, 2022
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Paige Reisenfeld
  • Content Warnings:

As I have no prior experience with memoirs, I’m not sure how best to describe this. It’s inspirational, in the way that it shows just how wrong a life can go and still be recovered. It’s difficult to tell sometimes how old the author is in certain scenes. When she later shares her updated age, it’s mind-blowing that so much bad shit went down in such a short amount of time.

The ‘insensitive’ subtitle for this memoir would be “Daddy Issues: A Memor”. While the … aspects? of her father being an undercover cop-turned-drug smuggler isn’t minor and is what led to her life spiraling out of control, it’s not really the main focus of the memoir. It’s more of a story of how several lives were ruined and how, as after-effects of this promising career turned into a life of crime.

The book is a bit excessive with the details at times. As I said prior, I have no idea if this is the norm for memoirs or not. Though I’m judging the level of detail against a fiction novel, so it does make sense that somebody would go into this much detail in their own story. the only thing that the details were mostly skimmed over is the recovery.

The narrator did a great job of doing voices and narrating in general. However, if you’ve read any of my audiobook reviews, you know I loathe having to sit through narrations where narrators consistently mispronounce basic words. “Perscription”, “onvelope”, and “Cran” aren’t words and O isn’t a number. If you’re going to narrate a book, have some professional standards and make sure you can pronounce words properly. Audiobooks are expensive and if I wanted to listen to a bad narration, I’d record one myself.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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