Avid audiobook listener and reader. I work in the tech industry, but like to go outside my comfort zone with fiction and non-fiction.
I have not listened to any of Noah Taylor's other performances. As a non-Aussie, it was difficult at first to understand him clearly, due to his accent.
Not entirely. At times it was.
One of the main characters was likeable at first, but I grew to dislike them and their actions. Without giving away anything from the story, it's hard to describe, but it nearly ruined the story for me.
The book was well written with deep character development that made me appreciate the story to a point, but some things are impossible to get past.
Yes, narrator was great. Plot was fabulous. Some things I knew were coming but the ending was unexpected and so touching.
Very good. Not too overdramatic so I could put my own emotions in.
Many other reviewers have commented on the poor quality of this narration. What a shame because this story deserved better than that. I was fascinated by the uniqueness of this dilemma and couldn't wait to hear more. But that was contrasted with the frustration of not being able to understand what was being said. I am all for authenticity of accents, but that doesn't mean quality should be lost: poor enunciation and dropping volume at the end of the sentence being the most significant deficits.
But for all the richness and detail that went into character development and setting the stage for this drama, the author really blew it at the end. The climax that should have been never quite made it. I don't want to spoil it but there was a significant turnabout at the end that was told briefly with no significant detail or explanation. And then that end went on for two groaning segments that did not bring it together. What a disappointment. I want to scream "Let's have a do-over!"
Someone who has time to read the book versus listening to this narrator! The story line was ok, boring at times, but I think the book could have been bearable if the narrator was decent. I can't put myself through the whole thing. Stopped listening around chapter 17 (I tried).
A different narrator
Anger because it was hard to understand and hear
I can't honestly say whether the book is good, bad or indifferent. The narration was so bad I gave up listening. Sentences would start off well enough, then become faster and more unintelligible as the end of the sentence approached. I listened to some segments 2 or 3 times and still couldn't decipher what the narrator was saying. Admittedly, my ear is not well attuned to the Aussie tongue, but still it's a wonder to me how this audio book was published without some editor picking up on this.
I would try another book from ML Stedman but NEVER another book narrated by Noah Taylor. I had to buy the e-book in order to understand, because the narrator was the worst I have ever heard.
With a more clear and articulated voice throughout all the sentence. I seems he was whispering or praying.
The book was very good written. I really liked the story.
I did not read the book in print and am glad b/c I loved the accent of the narrator!
It was a great story as a whole and made you ask yourself lots of questions! "What would you do?"
Not to be missed. Cried a lot but LOVED this book!
The story drew me in. I had a difficult time decided which 'side' I was rooting for. Wonderful narrator. Easy quick read that often left me wanting me when I had to pause. Highly recommended.
No. The writing is beautiful and simple but the narration is very difficult to understand. Voice drops at end of sentences and you miss many lines. After 3 hrs, I gave up and bought the Kindle version so I could read it. First audible book where I have had to do this in 4 years! Wish I would have read the reviews first and bought only the Kindle copy. Or, at least listened to the sample although you can't always tell by the samples.
Am not finished with book yet, but I do love the way it is written and am sure I will thoroughly enjoy the whole story
So far, they are very clear.
Just don't use this narrator again. Monotone voice and difficult.