Please understand -- I love Nevada Barr's books: I am mesmerized by the descriptions of the National Parks to which she is sent; I am fascinated by the characters she creates -- usually very timely and timeless; I identify with the difficulties her (and my) aging costs.
For a first time reader I think her books would be fascinating, illuminating, exciting and a multitude of other "ing"s. But I've read them all. At this point I'm almost ready for a description of Anna's and Paul's honeymoon someplace very unexciting. After all Anna Pigeon's near-death experiences I wonder what part of her body remains scarless; how she retains the energy to go to yet another National Park to await further indigities to her body and soul; when does she get the time to speak to her sister to have her explain the latest weirdness of the moment.
Applause for the insight into the "handicapped"ed psyche's, the publicity for the "handicamp", of which many might not have been aware, the emphasis on the importance of helper dogs such as "Wylie", and the damange that can be done by well-meaning god-fearing souls.
I couldn't stop listening, but I'm a fan and not that discerning a listener.
The only reason I have this 'production' one star was to get to write a review. This is probably the worst example of what an audio book should be: a lousy narrator, a ridiculous plot, and a childish format. I'm surprised at you, Audible, for accepting this.
Is it bother or "Oh Brother!"? If you can put up with the inane music between undefined parts, this hysterical woman who needs to make a pact with herself to treat herself like her husband hasn't, the angst of an Anne Rivers Siddons heroine, a spectre of The Thorn Birds ecclesiastical hero -- well then, this is the book for you. To make it worse, the reader, Ms Eliza Foss, doesn't seem to know the Celtic is pronounced with a "K" sound (not like the Boston basketballers), and that conch is prounounced "konk", small but grating irritations. Where was her director? Or more important, what do directors of these audio books do? if anything? Alas, I listened to the whole thing. Probably because I loved The Secret Life of Bees. I'll be very wary or Ms. Kidd's next sojourn into the literature of the South.
The book is what it says it is -- first writing, unedited, fresh from the since departed master of the seafaring novel. Parts are exciting, parts informative, many parts disjointed, but this is what we bought into by listening to this last work of O'Brian.
Then there is the narrator. Mr. Tull is past his prime. He never has been able to finish more than a phrase with feeling, but with this last reading of O'Brian the syntax is so disjointed that one looses the action in the attempt to understand the context of the sentence. BooksonTape has begun re-recording the O'Brian books read by John Lee -- a real step in the right direction. Too bad Audible didn't wait for a Lee reading before offering this unfinished gem.
The Guineaman is an old fashioned good read, from start to finish. Nothing fancy; just a good tale that keeps your attention. There's a little of everything: a whodunit (did our hero do it?) adventures on the high seas; the tragedy of mid-eighteenth century slavery and slavers; pieces of English history in the Antilles before the American Revolution; a reluctant hero; an African princess... And the best part is the narrator. Joe Dunlop plays the parts with all the voices necessary in a deep rich baritone. Even his women are believable. Listen to it -- you'll like it.
OK, I'm pretty used to Evanovich's other novels (?), (the non- 'other' being the Stephanie Plum type), and this one is not worse nor better than the others. Even if I don't understand the title (although Barney does state several times that she's from Baltimorewhich is a metro area), the premise is typical Evanovich. However...the reader! I keep trying to hear my own head-reading and it's nothing like what my ears are hearing. Sorry, but she should never read a man part; nor a Spanish-Cuban part. She's very distracting. So distracting that I can't even remember her name, which was, I think, mentioned at the start of the book. It should remain unmemorable -- except for remembering not to read her books again.
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