This is a great story. Wendy Dillon is also a great narrator. There are some extra noises during dialogue that are unnecessarily (please note this is a personal opinion) added in, especially for those of us with misophonia. It wasn't anything unbearable, though.
My son read this in 4th grade and wanted me to read it so bad I couldn't say no so we bought the audiobook and listened together. I loved it too!
Although it might be obvious, I would say first and foremost that this is a book that was written for a young audience. For kids it's okay that the characters take their time figuring things out, because they are learning with them. At times I got a little impatient with the pacing for this reason, otherwise it was fun. I don't have much to say about the performance. I think the reader went a little over the top occasionally, but I was never annoyed. Also, I honestly really enjoyed the sound effects.
This book is one of my favorites. Even though nothing terrifying happens through out, it keeps you on the edge of your seat and your heart beating quick.
At first I did not really enjoy the reader's way of reading aloud but by the end I was thoroughly enjoying it
I am confused about two things:
1. Why did a kindergarten teacher read this to her class?
2. Why did someone record it and put it on Audible?
Worst audio production I have ever heard. **Bad sound effects** -Every character sounds one of three ways: 1. Dying 2. Mentally retarded 3. 5 years old. (Except for Dune who sounds like Adam Sandler's character Little Nicky.)
Seriously, it ruins the story.
I don't know if I can get through the whole story, we will see. I know it is young adult, but there is some young adult fiction that works for adults. I'm not getting that feeling here. Seems sort of childish and simplistic so far, not helped by the child's voice for the protagonist and the Donald Duck narration for male characters. Maybe the mayor is actually in bad health but hearing him wheeze, and other men snort and lip-smack doesn't make for pleasant listening.
I listened to this hoping to find something my middle school students would listen to. I think the plot would keep their attention but the narrator sounds like an older elementary teacher. The voices she uses for characters are quite strange and takes away from the book.