I know I must have read the other reviews before deciding to pick this book. I was in the mood for some light listening to break up the otherwise dreary time spent commuting, and though others commented on how bad the reader was I kind of figured how bad could she really be? Well, now I know.
The story may be just swell but the reader is so dreadful she really detracts from the whole listening experience. In fact, she was so bad I stopped listening on the 3rd CD. I just couldn't take it anymore.
Don't waste your time, money, or even a free credit on this book.
I gave it one star and then wished I'd given it no stars.
Shame on whoever let the author read the book. Listening to the first half, read beautifully by Annabella Sciorra, the story was a delight. I couldn't wait to listen. Then, for no apparent reason, half way through the story the author took over. Her tone was dull, her Italian did not compare to that of Ms. Sciorra. In short, I couldn't wait to get to the end so I wouldn't have to listen to her anymore.
I got this book based on the recommendations of a friend who had read the book, and wished I'd read the reviews before wasting the credit. I'd have enjoyed it a lot more in print because of the author's narration.
In short, I highly recommend the story but not this audio version.
Normally, I love Kate Reading as a reader, but for this one she was a poor choice. Her voice is too mature for the characters. One in particular ended up sounding like my 80 year old mother in law.
The story is as you'd expect from Sophie Kinsella. Light and enjoyable. And normally I find that a reader can enhance the story. In this case, sadly, it was the opposite.
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