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  • Black Swan Green

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
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    From award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new. Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for 13-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in dying Cold War England, 1982. But the 13 chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy.

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    Captures life in 1980's middle England perfectly, disturbingly realistic depictions of small village & comprehensive school drudgery.
    A subtle coming of age story with one drawback, the narration.

    If the lead character of a novel is a 13 year old boy please audible, pretty please hire an English actor.

    The pronunciation of vowel sounds by this narrator are incredibly jarring. Pretty clearly an American doing an English accent and not all that badly EXCEPT for all of his vowel sounds!
    Not being English also leads to the narrator woefully mispronouncing place names and butchering regional accents that are scattered throughout the book.

    The narrators rhythm and acting skills are really quite good but he shouldn't be reading English characters without some guidance. Easier just to hire a Brit in the future, PLEASE!

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