When one "reads" an audiobook, it's so much more than just the words. The reader/narrator is very important too. There are books I absolutely love but absolutely hate the audiobook version because of WHO is reading the material. It truly is an art to read out loud. Some people have "it", some don't.
So, that said, this version with Fred Berman is not as good as the version with William Hope. William Hope did a fantastic job of bringing Henry to life. William Hope's version is my absolute all-time favorite audiobook (although Dunkle's The Hollow Kingdom read by Jenny Sterlin is a close second).
This is a very good book in and of itself, but from the excerpt I've listened to here, Mr. Berman is no Henry De Tramble. Find the William Hope version instead. Or just read the book yourself.
Just my opinion.
I downloaded this chapter so I could hear John Glover and compare. I'm not going to slam Mr. Glover, but I am going to voice my opinion that Penguin should have waited. Mr. Glover's reading is fine, but I prefer Marsters. To respond to another reviewer's comment, yes, this is a book by Jim Butcher, but that's not all that counts when talking about audiobooks. If I *just* wanted a book by Butcher, I would simply read it myself. (Which I will. I almost always read the book--it's the listening that's the exception to the rule.) I am VERY particular about who reads to me. The narrator matters just as much (if not more, sometimes) than the author of an *audiobook*. Some narrators have *it*, some don't. One of my all-time favorite books _Out of the Silent Planet_ is a simply AWFUL audiobook because the reader speaks in monotone. So, believe me, the narrator MATTERS. So... I'm still on the fence about getting this audiobook. I may wait and see if Penguin decides to cave and get Marsters to read. If they haven't at some point in time, I *may* buy this version... possibly... but not likely.
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