I was annoyed by the overdone dramatization.
Dave Barry is one of only a handful of contemporary writers who can make me literally laugh out loud. He is insightful without being preachy. Unfortunately, this narrator was so bad I had to make myself listen all the way through- he uses a rising inflection at the end of sentences, making statements sound like questions. I find that habit extremely annoying. If it doesn't bother you, go for it!
... if unabridged! Kingsly blew this out of the water! Goose bumps, tears, pounding heart- he made me feel it.
This is a really great book, just don't like this narrator. He's done a lot of short stories- To Build a Fire is the only one I liked.
Paul Scofield is one of my all-time favorite actors, and his voice is perfect for narration- especially Dickens! I wish this was unabridged- that's the only reason I gave four stars instead of five!
This is one of the very few books I prefer on audio. Some passages literally took my breath away. Fantastic story, perfect narration.
If this had been unabridged, I would have given it 5 stars. Paul Scofield is fantastic!
As one of my favorites,I had read this book multiple times. When I discovered this version narrated by Edward Petherbridge, I bought it immediately. I love the story even more now. His voice is perfect, clear and easy to follow. Characterizations are enjoyable, never overdone. This book is a permanent resident of my mp3. When I can't sleep, I let Mr Petherbridge soothe my brain with his lovely voice.
I'm very disappointed by the narration. Although her characterization of the Dowager Duchess is very good, it baffles me that a woman was chosen to narrate a book with only two female characters- and those having minimal parts. Surely (I hope!) it is not because it was written by woman. I think if Dorothy Sayers knew her beloved Lord Peter had been voiced by a woman for the sole reason that she happened to be one herself, it would boggle her brilliant mind as well as break her heart. There are SO many men (and women, for that matter!) who could have done a much better job with these colorful characters. This narrator's voice is weak and not at all suited to portraying male characters. She actually sounds pained at several points trying to maintain the vocalizations, and by the last several chapters they become muddled and differ greatly from the earlier. Read the book first!
I'm a Wodehouse lover and have enjoyed his books for years. This is one of the few audiobooks that I enjoyed more than reading myself. The narrator is pitch-perfect, and his vocal characterizations
are far better than anything I could ever come up with in my own head. My best friend and I listened to it together and had to replay many passages we failed to hear due to our uncontrolled laughter! Don't miss this one!
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