Love all of her books...but almost passed this one by because of this audio version. Barbara needs to stick to writing, and leave the narration to others.
As always with this author the book is very well written but her narration makes a fairly rich book sound a bit mundane. Mrs. Kingsolver’s narration lacks the vocal range and ability to really bring the characters to life and I am very disappointed. Next time, please leave it to the professionals to do your work justice.
I cannot understand most of what is being said. I listen in the car and the voice cannot be heard well, therefore, I am having a hard time following the story. I agree w/the other reviewers. I like this writer, but, would rather she not read.
I have to agree with the previous comments about the narration. I have literally tried to get through the first few minutes of this audiobook 10 times. Every time, I lose my concentration. Barbara's voice is lovely but it is too sing-song for narration, and her over-enunciation was so irritating it made me want to slam my head into the wall. I hate wasting money, but I will not be finishing this audiobook. I will buy the book instead.
I can't get into this book on audio. It was only the second audio book I have ever listened (or tried to listen) to, and it almost turned me off to audio books. I agree that Kingsolver should not be the narrator -- she is a writer, not a narrator and I could not get into the book. I regret the credit I wasted on this for the one chapter I listened to. I have a feeling I will never listen to the rest of this book. I like Kingsolver and was excited to see she had written a book that included some great artists. Like another reviewer, I bought this book without hesitation, but I just can't force myself to listen or focus on who is who. Hopefully it will be better as the printed version that I TAKE OUT OF THE LIBRARY.
Somehow, it is a relief to see that I was not the only one struggling with the narrator.
The fact for me is that, while this might be a beautifully written book, I found it impossible to follow it and, ultimately, to finish it. My frustration is that I very rarely leave books unfinished. It has to be quite a dire book for me to abandon it. In this case however it was not the book itself. Will I ever finish it? I don’t know, it left me deflated and I have now moved on.
My recommendation is to pay attention to the pattern emerging from the reviews, it is for a good reason.
I'm a big Barbara Kingsolver fan so really was looking forward to her latest. Unfortunately I haven't been finding it very captivating, and the reader is so annoying I just couldn't stand it and gave up after about an hour of listening. The reader speaks in a sing-song voice, over-emphasizing words and over-enunciating consonants... basically, it sounds like she's reading a picture book aloud to a group of not overly-bright kindergarteners. She also has a slight lisp which is a bit irritating but I would have overlooked that if that were the only problem. Because of my faith in Kingsolver I might try reading the book instead of listening to it, but I have to say it's a pretty slow start and I'm not impressed so far...
Usually I just love it when the authors narrate their own books. Just to give a couple of examples: Frank McCourt, Joshilyn Jackson, Bill Bryson. After listening to them I thought I wish all authors would narrate their own books.
Then I saw the reviews about this audio book and I thought “they must be exaggerating”. I decided to listen to the sample before I buy it but I didn’t have time then so I put it aside and forgot about it. A couple of weeks later I needed to go out in a hurry and wanted to take an audio book with me. I got a recommendation about this book a couple of days earlier (mind you – the book, not the audio) and I completely forgot about the reviews so I just downloaded it, without listening to the sample.
Boy, did I learn my lesson! Her reading is absolutely HORRIBLE! This book is not defined as kids book so why would she read it as if her audience is five year olds? Come to think of it, even when I was five year old I didn’t like people talking to me in this tone.
What can I tell you; I tried listening to it a few times. I managed to get over an hour or so of it and I can hardly tell what it was about – her reading is so annoying and distracting.
What I don’t understand is how did the production company go on with it? Couldn’t they tell her she might be a good write but she should leave the reading to others? Actually, I see it more as their fault than hers because I guess it’s very hard for a person to judge her own voice.
I’m sorry to be so harsh; I usually try to remember the effort that was put in a work when I review it but in
this case I’m afraid I have nothing good to say. I am still going to read this book; I trust the person who recommended it. But this audio will be a lost credit as I am not going to try and listen to it all the way through.
I doubt if I will ever buy another audio book without first checking the narrator for myself.
Wow, very disappointing. The writing seems simplistic and the reading by the author, with all due respect, is horrible. I lasted half way and had to finally give up hope. Just very disappointing.
Voice talent is to audio books, what location is to real estate. Unfortunately this is a great house, in a bad neighborhood. I am going to have to fall back on the paper back. Sorry, Barbara, but you should leave the reading to the professionals.