Kobna Hldbrook-Smith's narration.
Definitely, Peter! I love the humour, the tenderness, the honesty and cynicism.
He has an incredible range of voices and accents - it's a pure joy listening to him.
No, though I would have liked that long to devote to it!
I enjoyed the first book so much - I wasn't sure about the second, because I don't like jazz. It was a comfort that Peter doesn't, really, either. This was just brilliant, though. I can't say enough about much I enjoyed it. I was driving when it finished playing, and I had to wait ten minutes till I parked to order the next one.
The fourth book has been out for five days. I certainly hope that Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is already lined up to narrate it. As bewildering as it is for me, someone still fairly new to audiobooks, to say - I won't read it. I'll wait for the audiobook.
I love these books. But the formatting is hugely frustrating, the chapters don't match the audible chapters. That should never happen. Finding my place is much harder this way, especially going back and forth from print to audio.
This is an ugly story. It's just ugly, with rampant, crappy theology and disgusting imagery. I got it because my theatre students wanted to perform Dracula, and I wanted to actually read it to see if it was a possibility - I knew the essence of the story, but hadn't ever read or watched any version.
It's disgusting, and written like trash.
I guess the worst part was the German doctor. His voice and accent were unbearable.
Just a hateful, horrible book.
The language. It was a beautiful story to listen to. It's actually fairly astonishing, for a translation to have been so deftly handled!
I thought Barbara had the absolute best range, ready to carry her character through the terrific transition. She was wonderful. Cassandra Morris drove spikes through my ears.
I really didn't like it - I was frustrated and annoyed - for the first third of the book. I detested all the characters. I was so put off by their judgment and disdain for everyone around them. I really had to battle through that, and was pleased to eventually see the story develop so that I could understand that.
I never did really like the 13-year-old angst or buy into it, but the rest of the story was terrific.
I don't think they'd make a movie out of it without changing it substantially, because it doesn't go anywhere enough for the screen, I don't think.
I loved a lot of this book. But I wasn't entirely satisfied with a few things in the story - I didn't like the way the Christian faith was dismissed without ever being really understood - the most trite and useless answers to the big questions drove me crazy. And yet, the characters cling to church and hymns - all for a very shallow experience for people who are so interested in asking questions. "What kind of God is this?" never seemed to be worth asking.
I also really struggled with the lack of answers about A. It made me feel as though the story was incomplete, without closure. Sometimes life is just like that, but I always felt that it was going somewhere, especially with the voice, and it just...didn't supply enough.
Yes, definitely - it's a rich and vibrant story of love and loss, and exquisitely told.
He had a wonderful versatility!
Death as the narrator, who warns you constantly about what's about to happen - that, I struggled with. It was very quirky, very strange. And I wasn't sure I enjoyed the constant series of spoilers. But it was a beautiful story.
The humorous presentation. The story itself isn't that terrific - it's a weak wandering to get to the conclusion that we all saw coming in the first weeks, but getting there was awfully fun nonetheless.
Well, this is the interesting thing. I'd heard her read The Elegance of the Hedgehog and wanted more of her, and this is what I came up with. I wasn't sure about it, because I hadn't liked the movie at all, but I listened to the preview and was amused.
I thought Barbara sounded too mature for Bridget, but I got over it and just really had fun with it - she's a terrific narrator and really immerses herself in the role.
I laughed out loud several times - never cried. It was a nicely fluffy bit of escapism.
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