An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Books often reflect the style of the period in the way dialogue is constructed and this has that elegant post war, black & white movie quality which is charming. I bought it to remind me of the films made about the book and it was all there. You could almost hear the background music in the tones of Eric Lincoln. A Classic of its period, of course and probably not to the taste of many listeners under the age of 45 unless you are an old movie buff, because people just don’t talk like that any more. But they did then, I remember!
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!
No one adapts fiction to Real history better than Follett. Reading his stories is like living and breathing that period in time. His ability to add realism of the human condition do you every moment in history is unsurpassed. Anyone who loves history will love this book.
The story line gives one pause as to what could have happened to destroy D-Day by making the beaches of Normandy even worse. It shows women can be strong and heroines in their own right without beating a drum. Narration with accents was well done. Using US measurements (e.g. Miles) is a definite miscue with the setting in Great Britain. Great read!!
I read this book 45 years ago when it was released in hard cover. Ken Follett had me with The Key to Rebecca and this was my second book of his that I read. Follett is a master story teller than few can match. Eric Linclon brought the story alve. Now how about The Key to Rebecca?