The narrator was great, but the story is neither innovative or craftily written. As great as the narrator was, I find myself tuning out like I was sitting through my kid's bookstore storytelling. See spot run, see Jane run....
The book is excellent, but I hope I'd read it instead of listened to it.
The performance was terrible with a lot of breathing and mouth sounds throughout. Also there was this annoying music that would just pop up at odd places, making it difficult to listen to the story itself.
I wanted to give this genre and writer am opportunity to impress me but the reader of this story, Ron Rifkin, should be banned from this type of work!
Yes! Again, Ron ruined it!
Absolutely not! His poor performance ruined this book for me! It was painful to listen to!
Yes, listening to the book was a good experience.
Good book overall, interesting story, well written.
So disappointed that I watched the movie first! The movie fills in and adds a lot that the book left to your imagination. So, while the movie was SOOOO GOOD, it made coming back to the book seem like it was cut short and disappointing. And that really sad that I felt that way since the book was the original!
As far as the audio book goes... Sorry to say, but the narration was horrible. He made Jonas sound so young, immature and annoying, which I think he should sound BRAVE! And the background music was always so inappropriate!
But the story is the best story I've heard in a long time, so it makes up for the shortcomings of the audio version, and is TOTALLY worth listening to! I loved it and listened to it in just a few days!
I am not sure if I liked the story or not. The strange music that came in and out of the story and other strange audio issues like mouth noises while reading made this the worst audio recording I have listened to. I'm returning it! I hope it gets reproduced.
I felt that the narrator created the character of Jonas as a whiny, wimpy boy, not the courageous, inquisitive, strong 11 year old I picture him as. Also, I found that the added music was not only distracting, but more often than not, way off base of the feeling in the story. I am an avid listener to audiobooks, and I have never been distracted by a narrator. I need to physically "re-read" this book so I can truly appreciate its story and message.