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!
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Too much sex and violence for my enjoyment. However, I liked the historical setting and glimpses into the life of British citizens during the war. Fast moving plot kept my mind engaged but I was honestly glad when over... towards the end I just couldn't suspend my disbelief or handle anymore violence. Narration - female/child voices were really irritating.
The shockingly bad regional accents really ruined this one for me. If you are more tolerant of such things or not British it might be okay but it's not something I'd want to listen to again.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
This is one book I would recommend in another form. If this had been an audiobook with a single reader I would have enjoyed it.
The plot is somewhat dated as is the language but it is similar to many of the seventies thrillers such as The Eiger Sanction.
No! The performances absolutely ruined this book. The old-fashioned radio play approach along with really bad accents just made it unbearable.
It's great when the author can pull you in so that you are actually sympathetic to both the villain and the heroine at different points during the story. Narration with all the accents done well, and ramped up to keep the listener excited to the end, gets a "well done". Highly recommend!