The nuances of the landscape and how it elevated the characters and story. The writing was lovely, with beautiful turns of phrase and descriptions that were wonderfully evocative. The story and characters were neither exceptional nor cliched. The story unfolded as expected, but was still very compelling.
I'm not sure what the issues are with the narration. Noah Taylor captured the cadence and tone of the book, and did a wonderful job of distinguishing the voices of the different characters.
I probably would not listen to this story again. The narrator did such a great job at making you feel the mood of the story that I would find myself wanting to drift off in the middle of listening.
The story was filled with so much emotion. My heart was aching for these people. Such heart ache for all involved, and I can see this happening so very easily. Great story!
Narration was spot on, but very difficult to listen to for any length of time.
I'm glad to have taken the opportunity to listen to this story.
The story is way up there, but the narration was difficult. The story was so good, however, that it was worth struggling through the listening experience.
The way the author described the moral dilemmas and grief of the characters. So well done. I also loved Tom--he was such a loving and special person.
Very hard to hear at times, even at full volume. Continued this way through the book. Frustrating.
Good story if you can listen to someone who murmurs or speaks under their breath
Tom. A good man trying to balance how to do the right thing
SPEAK. DON'T MUMBLE
If you can understand the reader
Not sure yet.
I might recommend the book, but I can't recommend the audio version.
Never. Besides the monotone, which I could take, his voice speeds up and drops at the end of nearly every sentence. Combined with the Australian accent (which would ordinarily be an asset to the audiobook), this makes the narration very difficult to understand. I'm constantly having to back up, sometimes several times, to understand what he is reading. It's hard to enjoy a book when it's this much work.
Not sure yet.
Yes, the narrator. His voice is muffled, slurred and very difficult to catch many of the words. I had tried whisper sync for this book, which does not work correctly, however it has been helpful to check verbiage for the words not enunciated.
The story is very interesting, the author writes well with great description.
Poor enunciation, slow slurred speech, terrible performance.
Phenomenal book! Great story with many twists and turns -- it kept me guessing all the way to the end. The characters are believable and the story truely moving. A great book for anyone who has ever loved a child.
I enjoyed this story, but was afraid I missed something, so listened to it a second time. It's a touching story that a person could dive into, but not in today's world. It would be considered light reading for a vacation, perhaps....but I enjoyed it very much!
In this case, no.
The telling of any story is so much the narration. The Bryce Courtnay books are all read by an Australian or New Zealand artist. His performance enhances the quality of the book.
The narrator mumbles, lacks inflection and drops the end of every sentence. Reading the books should be treated as a performance. This one totally misses the mark. I will make note of this narrator's name and will try to not buy a book he narrates.
The narrator ruined this experience for me.
The accent of the narrator made this book so difficult to understand. I was so frustrated I ended up giving up And not listening to the rest of the book after the first (if even that) hour. I was very disappointed to have wasted a credit on such a poorly narrated novel.
A diffent narrator. More enunciation.
Only that the book was recommended to me; the hardback.
Id feel better if I was reimbursed my credit for the book. Otherwise I am pretty dissatisfied with the quality. Normally I have enjoyed audio books from Audible, but this has severely impacted my positive opinion of the site and service.