I think the key to getting the most out of this book as a listening experience is to not be familiar with the Scots or Irish accent. The narrator's attempts at either of these is cringingly mangled. The book itself is well worthwhile with Kate Atkinson gradually drawing the reader into an intertwining set of life stories. A good listen if you don't know accents in the UK, if you do, read the book.
I havent finished this book yet, but it is very engaging and enjoyable and I recommend atkinson fans download it asap HOWEVER that said - whilst the narrator is great when speaking in standard english, I can honestly say that she does the worst Scottish accent I have ever heard in my life - it is driving me nuts- am I the only person who has picked up on this!!!!! I'm sorry but dont people pick up on this when they interview for the narration job !
An excellent story - well worth the READ!! I'm a Brit and unfortunately Ellen Archer is hopelessly at sea with her accents. So much so that it really did spoil my enjoyment. She sounds like that really annoying (male) mid atlantic food critic who's name escapes me. Interestingly, Audible.co.uk has a brit male narrator and it sounds so much better so why on earth doesn't Audible, in all its shapes and forms get some sort of consistency in such matters
In addition to the stupefying story, the reader herself is a great performer. I don't think one can get the same pleasure by just reading the book
A different narrator
Yes but not with the same narrator
She had a bizarre pronunciation and killed the book for me - the woman who reads Case Histories was fabulous and should have read this book instead
Please do not listen to anything this woman narrates
Probably not. It's not that deep. But it is fun
none in particular
None in particular
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I love Kate Atkinson's complex characters and the twisty plots she creates. This was the first time I listened to one of her books and was too distracted by the narration to appreciate the quality of her writing. It's truly cringe-worthy narration. What a pity.
When I started listening I thought there was somethjing wong with my iPod. The narration sounded stilted. The I realised the problem was with the narrator herself trying to 'do' an English accent. I could only listen for a short while. I ended up geting another version from the public library.
After the fact, I read the reviews and saw that this was something that others had commented on. Oh well, better luck in the future!
I am a big fan of thrillers. I only give stories a 5 rating if it really keeps my attention and makes we anxiously wait to see what's next!
Not really, it was a very light thriller in that it was enjoyable to listen to but if you perfer more intense ones you may not like it that much. It was kind of quirky but in a light and pleasant way. I liked the 'British
I liked it. Its hard to say more wihtout giving it away. I am glad Reggie wound up ok.
I liked Reggie the best. Archer did an excellent job with all the characters and personalities. You could always tell who was talking.
There were a lot of subplots in the story and many things that should be really intense. It managed not to be, but it was still nice to listen to.
The story is excellent, insightful sharp writing. The narrators accents are cringe worthy. Too bad!