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
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!
There are so many plots going on in this novel, and so many coincidences, it can feel hard to follow - but it's a testament to Kate Atkinson's storytelling that it all works and weaves together beautifully. I did not want to stop listening to this, and I wanted to restart as soon as I was done! My one complaint is that Ellen Archer made Jackson Brodie sound dim-witted and slow - and he's anything but.
I have read complaints that the coincidences are just too numerous to be believable, but for me, Atkinson makes it very easy to fall fully into her world. There ARE loose story ends, and stories we'll never fully know, actually one of the things I like about Atkinson's writing -- true to real life in that sense.
I am loving all of the Jackson Brodie books - this one is different from the others in that it's even more internal, we hear more of what each character thinks and believes, and the plot is slower to kick off - but once it does, look out! You'll be in for a twisty, satisfying read.
I tried this audiobook after Parade Magazine rated it as one of their top audiobooks of the year. Two years later, it is still one of my favorite audiobooks and made me a fan of her stories for life.
I rarely review, but this book has been such a disappointment I felt compelled to do so this time. My disappointment lies not with the book itself, but with the appalling quality of the reading. This is definitely a book you should buy not listen too - the reader simply massacres it. Her attempts at generic Scottish/Irish/Northern English accents are embarrassing at best, and downright awful the rest of the time. She doesn't even manage to pronounce place names correctly (think of Penicuik). I can't understand why the publisher didn't quality control the reading before the audiobook was released.