The story was pretty good, but the narration was hilariously terrible.
The accents were utterly amateurish. John Lee has read Follett's recent work, and this guy was NO John Lee. Wow. It was laugh-out-loud funny at times.
I can handle a slight change is voice to signify a man or woman from the narrator, but this was to much. It made the book unenjoyable. I didn't finish the book and I am a fan of Follett.
while the book was very good, I did not enjoy the performance and the different voices at all. I wouldn't recommend it as a listen unless done by one individual or a different group.
True performance narration! It's the story of a great chase with very steamy scenes and a full cast (likely using Autotune for voice modulation). I only wish that the book was 30 hours long. It's very hard to believe that this didn't include a full cast, however I know first hand that programs like Autotune can work miracles. It will revolutionize audiobook performance as much as it has influenced almost all music created this decade. Give this title a shot, you won't return it! All of the charactors have their own voices & accents.
British radio producer; storyteller, folk historian and book addict. I rely on audio books to help me fit in extra reading.
When Ken Follett writes well, he is one of the best. This book has long been one of my favourites, and worth reading over and over again. Even on a second or third read, one feels the tension. Follett is one of those skilled writers who even manages to write the protaganist so well, that, even though he is the enemy, and you don't want him to succeed, part of you is almost rooting for him ...until .....
I bought the audio book, as I wanted to hear the story as well. HUGE mistake. The narration was done in dramatic style, with other voices. When it was straight narration, it was alright ..a few wonky mispronunciations ...but I've learned to almost accept these, but the dramatic bits were AWFUL ...Accents from the Dick Van Dyke school of how to speak in regional British accents. Honest to god, we, none of us speak as if we are being slowly choked whilst chewing on bread. Yorkshire accent, laughable, Scots accent, appalling, Bristol accent- you must be kidding! Cockney (I think it was supposed to be Cockney) was so bad, I was struggling to understand. The woman was okay at times when she wasn't abysmal, but the man was worse than that, In short. Buy the book, don't bother with this audio version.
Long time LibraryThing member. Love to read a variety of books, usually more than one at a time.
Set in England, just before D-day, this is the story of the efforts of Britain to fool the Germans into thinking they would invade anywhere but Normandy. One spy stands between in their way, and they can't find him.
A well told tale, the suspense builds nicely, even when you know how it must end. My feelings veered wildly with the characters. I would be impatient and annoyed with them, and then rooting for them. Even though I wanted to hate the spy, I couldn't quite manage it. The fact that it was a very good story is all that kept me listening to it. I did not care for the production choices. The narrator read only the narrative (and Eric Lincoln was a wonderful narrator), and all the dialog was provided by actors. This threw me right out of the story, and at times made it extremely difficult to understand what was being said. So, I recommend a print version of this.
I haven't left a review before, but I had to for this book. If you are from the UK or know what a British accent really sounds like don't listen to this production of the story. The main narrator isn't bad but the cast of characters voiced by other 'actors' make Dick Van Dyke sound like a natural born East Ender. It's almost worth listening for the unintentional hilarity of the jaw droppingly terrible accents if you enjoy that sort of thing. The story itself is engaging and interesting but performances are laughably appalling.
Great plot, gripping story, superb narratives. Wish it was narrated by Lee, though Eric was pretty good. Other VOs were disturbing the flow rather than helping. Also the natural accents made it difficult to follow in a couple of places.