Though slow to start, the story is crafted with impressive research and knowledge of all things Sherlockian.There's an interesting juxtaposition between the present day characters and Conan Doyle's era, with an intriguing glimpse of common threads and challenges.
Different vocalizations for the various characters were more or less effective; I've listened to better, and at times I simply gave up trying to place the character by the voice. But that could be the result of the list of characters rather than the deficiencies of Mr. Langton as narrator.
The British versus American accent distinctions were well done. I also felt I was given fuller knowledge of several of the characters because of the tone and timbre of the voices the narrator used.
Worth the read, the time and the cost.
One of the highest motives to "read" a book is to find out about something you may not have known you were deficient in. This book fully served to teach me something I did not know about -- the personal face of segregation and prejudice. But that sounds far too heavy a reason for selecting a book when daily life itself is so pressured.
Another, more general purpose to pick a book is to be entertained. This book fully entertained, engaged, and sucked me into its story and characters. The setting is developed beautifully and believably.
And the purpose of an audio book should be to enhance the message and the purposes of the print book. This audio version achieves that beautifully as well. The different narrators make the different voices of the characters come alive. Language researcher Steve Krashen talks about the "din" in one's head when one has been deeply exposed to aural input. Well, I'm walking around, still hearing Skeeter's and Aibilene's voices in my head.
This book is a great read and an ever better listen.
The book, "King's Cross," is excellent for a compelling overview of amazing treasures that are often overlooked in the Biblical book of Mark. A particularly relevant resource as we are approaching Easter 2011.
I am used to the author's voice through audio files of his sermons. So I had to adjust to hearing Lloyd James' voice and rhythm of narration. Once I focused on the work itself rather than the sound of the narration, I found Mr. James' version to be fine -- just not what I expected at first listen.
A great resource -- just don't expect Tim Keller's voice.
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