I had high hopes for this book because I had heard good things about the author and the synopsis interested me. But I didn't make it 10 minutes into this book before I wanted to stop! The narrator is dull and bland, she had absolutely no emotion at all. And the story is so disjointed. The author does little to introduce the main characters or set up the plot...I literally felt like I was dropped into the middle of a book and given no backstory. I tried to keep listening, but after an hour and a half the novel was still so poorly developed that I had to turn it off.
I was so excited for this book, but my excitement turned to disappointment when I heard the first narrator. Did anyone listen to this before it was released?? Obviously not. The voice the male narrator uses for Simon sounds sounds like a cross between a Brit with a sore throat and Marlon Brando in the Godfather. And the female sounds like a third grader giving an oral book report.
If I were not so busy, I would have just given up on this production, bought the hard copy, and read this AWESOME book the old-fashioned way.
I downloaded this book because I have been reading and enjoying the recent rash of surprisingly good Young Adult fiction (Twilight, The Hunger Games, City of Bones, etc). This book was not on par with those--it lacked the wit and sophistication of those other books. I was only able to make it through the first three chapters of Uglies. If you are over the age of 14, I recommend you not waste your credit on this one, it is most definitely written for children and younger teens.
I was so excited to download this because of the recommendations from my friends. I didn't even wait for my credits...I bought it! But after listening to the first chapter I CANNOT go further. Alice Sebold is the absolute WORST narrator I've ever heard. Yes, even worse than the computer-voiced audiobooks you can get as podcasts. I still want to read the book, so I'm going to put myself on the waitlist at the library. I sugesst you save your money/your credit and do the same!
Loved the story from beginning to end. Well worth the listen, I look forward to more from this author.
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