Why did they use different actors to read the various parts, thereby constantly breaking the flow? Why use sound effects? Is phoney gunfire really necessary? Is this an audio book or a radio play? These are all questions that must have occurred to the producers. If all the audio books I bought were this poor, Audible dot com would sell me no more of these "productions" to me.
The female non-Englsh speaking illiterate narrator destroys this possibly interesting book. What a disaster! Who on Earth chose this woman to read in a language she does not understand? "The nobbles........" I think was supposed to be "nobles." I could not coninue. " The nobbles....." " the nobbles....." Argh. Shame. A total waste of a credit.
Tana French is terrific. Another excellent read. Loved the moody ambiance and the intricate plot. Five stars.
Scott Brick is a dreadful reader. I didn't notice when I clicked " add to cart" . I want my money back! Beware. This one you'll have to read!
Once again, an author truly ruins her own excellent book by insisting on reading it aloud. This author has an awful speech impediment; someone should have stopped her! Honestly!
Don't listen to this unless you can't pay attention to an audio book. Why on Earth do they insist on the shooting noises and the explosions? Mr. Baldacci has so much trouble writing about action shots that he needs sound effects? Phooey.
This is obviously a book for the USA haters; good job on that. What has the main character being a Muslim have to do with Katrina? I don't appreciate being hit over the head with a sledge hammer.
Reading these reviews of Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom a Novel" certainly proves the old maxim "do not argue over matters of taste." I hesitate to post my review, as I don't really have the right to review a book I did not finish. However, as I grow older I find my time is too valuable and life too short to bother with books I hate so vehemently, and I feel I must spare some innocent Audible fan so many hours of pain and boredom. In a nutshell: I hated the characters, didn't care anything about them, and very, very strongly disliked the narrator. b e w a r e
I agree with another reviewer that this book is "gaseous windbagism" I can't believe that I wasted so many hours listening to Scott Brick's monotone; I finally dropped it with three hours to go. Someone owes me two credits! Argh. I should have known better. Reader/listener beware!
I cannot add anything new to the many 5-star reviews already published here. As a huge fan of audio books, I must comment, however, on the unbearably horrible reading by the usually-terrific Scott Brick. What happened, Mr. Brick? Was it all just too long for you? I realize that only a student of the Russian language could be expected to wade through the tongue-twists of Russian pronunciation. That you couldn't handle "Lomonosov," "Novodevichy," or "Peredlkino" is both understandable and forgivable. But your ridiculous "daka" for "dacha" over and over and over again is simply mystifying. Wasn't there anyone to set you straight? Here's an offer you can't refuse: next time you need to read some Russian, get in touch with me and I will give you a 15-minute briefing FOR FREE! Hoping to hear from you one day.--MamaLana
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