This is by far the worse narrator I have listened to, and I've been listening to a minumum of two books a month for four years. At times adopts what is meant to be an Irish accent, which isn't sustained. Also does what is supposed to be a Nigerian accent but is nothing like anything I've hear. Also, when she does "adopt" the accent the characters sound old, but they're meant to be young. I will definitely make sure I don't listen to any other books she narrates. This will be the first book I won't be able to finish.
I have listened to both "Tonto and Hawk" and "Brother Fish" and thoroughly enjoyed both. In the preface to "Tandia" Courtney says it was a "practice" book (his second book I believe) and he was surprised at the reception, as he was with his first book (featuring one of the main character of "Tandia").
While I enjoyed the book, I could see why Mr. Courtney thought it a practice book as it was not up to the standard of the previous books of his I listened to. If he had not said it was a practice book, I would have wondered about the difference in quality. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
One problem I did have was with the narration. However, that may be that I found the accents to sound contrived,though they may be authentic to South Africa with which I am not familiar.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, with the understanding it is not up to the standard of Mr. Courtney's later works but interesting nonetheless.
In comparison to Mr. Courtney's other books I do not rate this five stars I would ratee this in comparison to to the other works of his I have read and in comparison to other books I have listened to.
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