I enjoyed the story which I have read before.
The only thing that was pretty annoying about it was that although the reader does a good job in many ways he seems to be totally unaware of how people speak in New York. He did the accents more like people from the deep South - maybe Texas.
After having read a few negative reviews calling it boring and claiming there is no plot I was a little wary. However I definitely do not hear a boring word in there. I'm truly looking forward to the next parts of the first movement and all the rest. I listen while I work as I am an artist and this one is so engrossing that the hours melt away. A good story helps me to be productive and keeps me at my bench even when things are difficult and I might otherwise walk away in frustration.
Simon Vance is one of those masters who can convey every nuance. I'll be looking for more from him.
For those who think it is boring and are dismayed at the lack of plot. I totally disagree but I guess we all have different reasons for listening.
I will definitely listen again in a while. It was totally absorbing. I found all the characters believable. I found the story to be an interesting look into another time and place. It was one of those books I was sorry to come to the end. The readers are superb!!!!!
I have enjoyed everything except for the whiny tone of voice of Susan.
I think the reader is actually quite good but I wonder if a female reader might have given Susan a stronger voice. How could such an adventurous, resourceful, intelligent and talented woman be so whiny. Much of what she says in the book could have been spoken in a less annoying tone.
I am having a bit of trouble listening because the reader has a way of reading the most normal phrases like "She closed the Door" in an overly dramatic way and it really gets on my nerves. My suggestion to her is to try and watch for this as the rest of her reading is quite well done.
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