I have listened to many audiobooks since 1987. I have never listened to such dreadful narration. I would love to give it zero stars. Or negative 500 stars. Giving it a single star is grade inflation.
Did the narrators come from the theatrical equivalent of Swamplandia? Or were they relatives of the recording company execs? In this day when there is a surplus of actors with theatrically trained voices, why do we get narrators who (1) speak in a monotone; (2) are unable to give each character his or her own voice so that sometimes the listener doesn't know who is who; (3) in the case of the female narrator, are totally unable to pace the narration, rushing through everything and slurring words (the male narrator paces the narration better but still suffers from the defects in (1) and (2)).
The only thing keeping me going right now is that the story is good so far, and I care about the characters. I am about 1-1/2 hours in, and if the story stops being good I'm going to deep-six this book.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
I just didn't like it. My boyfriend and I read it together and we both felt a real sense of disappointment. Did we just not "get" the hype? Were we missing something? I felt disjointed most of the time like it was really two novels spliced together - one trying to work its way under the magical realism genre and the other a sort of coming of age humorous one. The result for me was muddled, and maybe I just don't like magical realism or maybe Russell was working just a little too hard at making this a quirky novel. It hit me hardest when I realized what was happening to Ava....and didn't care. Yup, I just didn't care what really happened to any of these characters and, in the end, that's not the way to endear the reader. Oh well.
The story is highly unusual and very imaginative. I wanted to hear the rest of it. But I was completely unable to continue listening to it because the reading voice of the young woman relating it was so absolutely abominable. She speaks too fast by far, and her sibilants are half way to a lisp. Overall, I missed understanding of at least 1 word out of 10; it became highly frustrating and I just had to stop at less than half way.
I just couldn't get into this book. It seemed imaginative and is very well written. After many hours, I just didn't care how it ended.
It kept me interested throughout, but just wasn't the outcome I hoped so strongly for. Hard to listen to at some points, but features real life struggles for many people/families.
Yes, absolutely. A well-crafted, expertly written coming of age story.
Like all good writing, there isn't just one pivotal scene, but nuggets throughout that strike you.
If you enjoy just a great story with good writing, this is worth checking out.
It's like listening to a fourth grader read. The terrible intonations are cringe worthy. And I refuse to believe it's done to replicate the way Ava would speak. It's not. She just shouldn't have narrated this. She ruins the book.
I could not get past this narrator's voice. She sounds like a high schooler and not in a good way. Her diction is terrible. Her voice is so nasal it gave me a headache. I am so disappointed they would ever choose someone so inept to narrate.
I would be hesitant to recommend this mostly because of the performance.
This was my first book performed by Karen Russell.
I was repeatedly off put by the reader's mispronunciation of words. This kept me from being able to fully involve myself in the story. Shouldn't someone have noticed this during production?!
I don't think so.