Such a lovely, lovely, engaging story. Why in God's name didn't the publisher find a better narrator?! He speaks with an impediment and speech pattern of blowing out the sound at the top of each sentence then fading off at the end of every single sentence. I had to raise the volume all the way up to the highest level to hear what he was saying, and even then, it was impossible to understand him. Noah Taylor needs to stick to acting on stage and screen, and forget narrating an audible book where you can't read his lips! Seriously, it was the most frustrating Audible Book I've ever listened to, but pushed myself to the end because I insist on reading/listening to an unabridged book before I see the film Oy.
See above. Terrible speech empidement, volume was too low, speech pattern dropping the end of each sentence. Absoltuely the worst narration I have ever heard in all the 100's of audible books I've listened to.
Overall, I thought the story was extremely drawn out and depressing. There seemed to be no happiness in the couple and it was difficult to imagine why they were even together. Even when Isabel is raising Lucy, she can barely step away from the painful past. Tom is a sweet, principled man but you kind of get frustrated by his nobility. His righteousness gets frustrating.
The ending. The entire story was wrenching and sad and you hope that Isabel will have some form of connection to Lucy again, but she doesn't. And it's a real stretch that though Hannah was so ready to give Lucy "back" to Isabel she decided against it when learning that Lucy took an active role in keeping Lucy. Meanwhile, nothing had really changed. Isabel loved Lucy. And Lucy (Grace) loved Isabel. So this woman's "love" for her daughter was clearly overshadowed by her bitterness over the couple who kept her. Yes, it was wrong not to report it but they saved her life and cared for her deeply.
I bought the audio book and the narration really killed this book. I may have considered it more favorably if only I could have clearly understood the narration. Yes, the reader has an Australian accent, which is lovely as it's set appropriately. But his voice has no inflection and he has a persistently annoying style of trailing off at the end of every paragraph into an inaudible mumble. On this point alone, I felt cheated. Who approved this voice over?!
Hannah's mother. Totally unnecessary.
Just the narrator. No inflection and he has a persistently annoying style of trailing off at the end of every paragraph into an inaudible mumble. I had to repeat so often I just tired of it and let it go.
I enjoyed this story. life is full of difficult choices in this was a peek into the difficult choices made by many. the book was great, the narrator a little hard to understand at points. Overall I enjoyed the book and the performance.
My only issue with the book was the narration. At some points, it was difficult to understand the narrator's accent. It got easier towards the end.
Excellent story line with characters that you want to learn more about.