After reading some negative reviews regarding the narrator, I thought I should wait and check it out at the library. I am glad I went with my gut I bought the book. What a great story, maybe this is the start to a new series. I liked the narrator, I hope he continues to read Jeffery Deaver books.
After several years of being cajoled by my brother to join Audible, I finally relented and joined up with great expectations.
My first book...'Edge'...by Jeffery Deaver and narrated by Skipp Sudduth has almost required that I cancel my Audible account.
But wait...The book selection was terrific. My brother always has suggested fantastic authors to me and he hasn't missed yet. Since the Deaver book was just issued and as I was looking forward to a new book by him and I had just signed up for Audible, I decided that was the one to try first. Wow, was I disappointed. Not with the story by Deaver but the narrator Skipp Sudduth. It was very difficult for me to tell when Mr. Sudduth changed from one character to another and as I srtuggled through this Audible book I also struggled with whether or not to cancel my account. Then my brother finally convinced me that this was only one book and I should listen to the 'Bloody Jack' series narrated by Katherine Kellgren. NOW SHE'S A NARRATOR. I listened to 20 minutes of Ms. Kellegren and that convinced me to stay with Audible.
As for Skipp Sudduth, I think the publisher should find someone else to read Jeffery Deavers books especially the James Bond story soon to be published.
Please, no more Skipp Sudduth.
Who at Simon and Shuster Audio thinks Skip Sudduth should narrate a Jeffrey Deaver novel? His narration of EDGE was perhaps the worst performance of an audio book that I can recall. A dull emotionless reading that reduced exciting dramatic sequences to mere third person observations... sort of like viewing a fish tank that was empty of fish. The voice of every character was virtually the same leaving the reader at a loss to determine who was speaking.
The story was full of so many twists and turns, however, that this is a Deaver offering not to be missed... another Jeffrey Deaver gem!
This is somewhat different from the previous Deaver books I have read or listened to but is just as fast paced and enjoyable as all the others. The narration is adequate for the most part. He is pretty much just reading the book aloud in a somewhat flat tone as opposed to delivering a performance. It is a testament to Mr Deavers skill as a writer that the narrator didn't ruin my enjoyment of his story. One thing I did find very jarring was that the word weapon was always pronounced wheppon with an annoying emphasis on the wh. Kind of like he was blowing to cool down his coffee or something. Why did the director not pick up on this???
Still despite this, i'd still say this audiobook is credit worthy.
Okay the narrator is a little "monotone." But he sounds like Kevin Costner! So just imagine that Kevin is narrating. Seriously, try it. It helps me to imagine an actor in each of the roles. A young Kevin fits the part.