Apart from the excellent plot and story, this production suffers below average narrators with poor attempts at accents for the most part, which spoils the listen. Main narrator sounds speeded up and is distracting at times.
The reading of this was so terrible that I gave up. What a huge waste of money. The reader was so focussed on accents that he completely distracted me from the book as I was trying to figure out what he was saying. Truly awful. Wish I could get my money back for this one.
First let me say how much I love this book! I first read it perhaps 20+ years ago and was totally enthralled. It is a classic example of the genre and deserves a 5-star review! However, this recording is almost painful to listen to! The American(?) narrator mangles English and German accents (making Dick van Dyke's "Mary Poppins" chimneysweep sound like Sir Laurence Olivier), there are horrible, anachronistic edits to the original text (do American listeners really have to hear "diaper" in place of "nappy"?), and the changes in voice between characters are clumsy and instrusive. I don't know if a better audio version exists, but I may have to try to track one down. Very dissappointing!
Not as good as Follets more recent books but it's worth your time. I was not a fan of the narration. It wasn't horrible I just didn't like the style. I will continue to read/listen to Follet, this just wasn't his best work in my opinion. He has a high bar to meet :-)