I had to read this book for school. I had just bought an ipod so I said what the hell? I'll try this. I was amazed at how easy it was to get through the book. The only thing I have to say is that It won't help you read in a noisy place. His voice gets a little hard to hear in noisy areas. The beginning is a little slow moving and his voice is monotonous, but after you get a little bit into the book, his reading gets better.
Overall though I would recommend this to a student who has to read this for school. It is a great way to read this rather long book with a busy schedule.
Charles Frazier's narration kills this: flat, unemotional, monotonous even when the story itself is fast and exciting. I couldn't finish it as an audio; but it sounds like a great book. Too dull for drive-time.
For the first time, I found an audio book I couldn't bear to finish. I can tell the book is beautifully written, but I can't listen to the author's auto-reading. Some people were born to write, and some born to speak. Charles Frasier wrote a gorgeous book, but I had to think of the movie to connect the dots in the audiobook, because I kept losing my thoughts in the monotone, dull style.
Not the best book I have ever listened to, but pretty good. The author narrates the book, which I generally find to be a very good thing, and he does a wonderful job. It can get a bit long in some places, but for the most part, it is a good story. The characters are deep and interesting and the plot is rather good, too. Lots of imagery and descriptions.
Old Fart 1960 (some day....)
The story is so well written, I was taken to every place the author wanted me. This story may not be for everyone, but being read by the author, with his slight accent, makes for a great listen. I could not wait to get to the end of this story. If only Charles Fraser would write another book.
In short: I couldn't even finish it. The author's rendition was absolutely mind-numbing. In general, I find an author's reading of his own work to be beautiful and appropriate. Take, for example, Stephen King's reading of "The Dark Tower I, II and III" (since redone by Frank Muller) and John Berendt's fabulous job with "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", both of which were wonderfully done. However, Frazier's constant monotone and muttering were maddening, utterly destroying my appreciation of the lyrical poetry present in his written word.
Sorry, Charles. Next time leave the reading to someone else.
It very well may be true that this story is a lush and elaborate illustration of the time and place. The truth of the matter is that the author's narration makes listening to the book the audio equivalent of walking through mud. The lack of any sort of transition between chapters makes it near impossible to resume listening after any interruption.
I was eager to experience this book -- but greatly disappointed.
I read this novel about 5 years ago and enjoyed it immensely. This is just a wonderful story, rich with details - I often found myself completely swept away with the author's reading. One of my favorite books of all time.
Can there be any better pasttime than reading? Audiobook, regular book, e-book - I have 1 of each going at all times.
Most of the writing in this book is beautiful. I loved the descriptions and the sense of being back in the 19th century. I am NOT one who enjoyed the author's voice. Someone reading with emphasis could've added so much more. Without a doubt, the author does a poor job writing dialog. Every time his characters spoke, the author used the word "said" ... not "responded" or "cried out" or "asked" or "inquired" or so many more possible synonyms. It came to be very annoying. His other word choices were so poetic, I found it surprising.