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
I love Kate Atkinson’s work – and this story is no exception…. But oh dear – the narrator! Surely there are a plethora of excellent British narrators who could have read this excellent book? The regional accents, as well as the Scots and Irish are painful to listen to – I’m guessing it is worse for an English person such as myself and may not be as annoying to folks from other countries - but maybe not? The reader has a delightful voice, and tries hard but misses the mark. Did it spoil the book for me? Well, a little bit, but I still enjoyed visiting with Jackson Brodie once again and peeping into his complicated and tangled relationships.
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
Overall it is hard to say. It really makes no sense to say that it is better or not as good as say the Adrian Mckinty, Sean Duffy or Michael Forsythe books. But I can say it passes the 'am I sorry the book is finished' test.
That is tough to say as well. Ms. Atkinson draws characters as well as any author I have ever read. Jo Hunter, Reggie and of course Jackson Brodie are so well drawn. They are very interesting characters. Reggie is the most sympathetic.
No. But it was a terrific performance.
When Jo Hunter manages to free herself and her baby was a real relief.
I really hope that Ms. Atkinson keeps Jackson Brodie alive and kicking. It would be interesting to see his back story fleshed out. Should be noted that I have not finished Left Early...
Especially tragic, because it sounds to me as if this narrator would be very good with the right material, but a variety pack of UK accents ain't it! The story is very good, and I didn't want to miss another book in the series (had to skip the last one because it was ABRIDGED! I KNOW!) but the wandering, indistinct accents had me on the edge of bailing throughout. Honestly, without the place names I'm not sure I'd be able to pinpoint where these people were from. If such things bother you, spare yourself.
Several reviewers commented on the narrator's accent. Since I'm not British I don't know from correct accents, so it sounded great to me. I got hooked on Kate Atkinson after I read Life After Life, which I think was a work of genius.
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.