I couldn't even listen to the whole book, as the narrators voice was so annoying, and it is insulting to the author, when you don't take the time or effort to learn how to pronounce words from the vernacular of the country correctly
What can I say? A beautiful book, beautifully narrated by Michael York.
"Sofeeeyatown"??????? Its pronounced SoFIYA town" with the accent on the FIYA and veld is not like a gentle [s]velte m'dear but FELT! agge nee. fIRE AND fELT, this is Africa!
I read this book when it first came out, and listened to it on audio recently. It moved me just as much now as it did then. The narrator is easily understood and makes the occasional Zulu words sound easy.
Simply a great book. The story is moving and universal -- all can understand. I don't know South African accents...but, it doesn't really matter. The book could have been read by an American and still tell its story. Don't pass this up.
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When I got this book, I assumed it would be just an account of atrocities, and although the book could be classified as a tragedy, that's not its whole point. There are many characters who are positive role models dealing with difficult circumstances.
I was also surprised to learn to what extent modern South Africa's problems existed when this book was written.
I only listened to this book because it was an Oprah book pick. I?m glad I did. The story weaves back and forth and really comes together at the end. You see the story of two families at opposing ends of the same situation and at opposite ends of South African societal privilege. It sounded like an older recording, but was still palatable.
This is my favorite book of all time, and I've read it many, many times. I thought I'd enjoy hearing it read, but his reading seemed all wrong . . . very casual, very British-upper-class . . . like he himself was bored with the book. (Maybe I wanted/expected a more "African" voice?) Anyway, I didn't enjoy it, and the problem was not the book itself, because believe me-- I love this book. I guess the reader just didn't match the voice in my head.
I wonder if there could have been a more important book, a better reading of any book, or a more moving book for finding a humanity within oneself that certainly I did not know I had--but now do.
I was drawn in by the story and couldn't stop listening ot this book! The narration is wonderful, the voices of the different characters are done very differently. LOVED it!