Having an authentic Australian voice was great! I read reviews before buying and heard a sample. The reviews were not very positive, but I understood the sample well so I went ahead and purchased it.
It was an authentic accent. If the listener is not familiar with accents outside of the US, I can see the frustration. Best recommendation would be to have a hardcopy book on hand for any difficult areas. It's a pleasure hearing it in an voice similar to the setting and author's voice.
This was one of the first Audible books I ever listened to, and after listening to dozens more,it remains one of my favorites. In anticipation of the film, I clicked on to the reviews to see if everyone loved it as much as I did. I was shocked to find so many negative comments about the narration! I normally prefer to have ANYTHING read to me by Juliet Stevenson, but in THIS case, I thought that having an Australian male voice made more sense. I though Noah Taylor did an excellent job of portraying the different characters. Don't miss this amazing story because of the iffy reviews. To each her own, but I thought the narration was spot on!
This book was terrific. A great story, beautifully written, and the narration.. oh the narration. Hearing a book based in Australia narrated by an Australian REALLY brought the book alive. Thanks to Mr. Taylor, I could sense the townspeople whispering, I could feel the waves crashing, and I could see a little girl standing before me.
This is a book about choices, doing the right thing, loss, regret, and above all else, love. There are no villains... just imperfect people dealing with imperfect situations. Mr. Stedman writes in a way that constantly has you questioning, guessing, second guessing, and, at times, on the edge of your seat. I smiled, cried, ached, laughed, and at the end of the story was left feeling (to my surprise!) supremely satisfied.
Gripping story of choice and consequence. Australian story written by an Australian born author, and narrated by an Australian born actor with an Australian accent. To forgo this novel due to negative reviews of the narrator would be missing out on a fabulous portrayal of human nature--it's shortcomings and strengths. At no point did I find the narrator difficult to understand. Noah Taylor's slow, somber voice expertly portrays the mood of the book. ML Stedman tells the story of unfortunate people working their way through great sadness, their memories and hopes of great joys, and the reality of their lives. It's a tale of kinship, understanding and misunderstanding, forgiveness and grief. Although rarely uplifting, it is a conceivable, thought-provoking, moving debut novel.
M.L.Stedman - yes.
Noah Taylor - no.
I love audio books. But I could not listen to Noah Taylor. Poor choice for a reader. He tends to lower his voice to a whispering/mumbling voice at the end of many sentences. He lacks clarity in sound. His accent is too thick at times. I gave up on it and purchased the e-book. Iwanted to listen to a book, not work hard to understand the reader.
Get someone else to read it. Someone with clear voice. Constant (not lowering his voice at the end of a sentence.
The narration left much to be desired. He dropped his voice at the end of each sentence and it came out garbled. I missed a lot of the story.
Better read than listened to.
Not only did I not like the narrator, he made me mad! I had to turn the volume way up to be able to decipher the mumbling, uninflected reading. I nearly gave up on it a number of times.
But, I continued, and found it to be a sensitive, interesting portrayal of an impossible family situation. The characters were, for the most part, well-drawn and depicted. The ending is a tear-jerker, and I wept for all the losses and poignant dilemmas. The book did move me, and was well written.
No. Well, perhaps from the author but not from the narrator!
I'm half-way through this book, having to read it for Book Club. The story is fine... it's the narrator. He starts EVERY sentence up - meaning you can hear it - and ends EACH sentence speaking so low and mumbly you can't hear/understand what he's saying. I would quit listening to it right now if it weren't for book club. I don't have time to "read" it.
Yes to perhaps catch the 10% that I lost with the unintelligible narrator
Tom. Always thinking of others well being.
A proven good narrator with a clear voice with no accent.
Did not like the reader. Had a very difficult time engaging in the story at the beginning. Couldn't understand the reader much of the time. Gave up on it .. Read the book