I really wanted to like this book, but the narrator's style was so annoying I couldn't listen long enough to get to the first chapter. His style was too dramatic and over-acted for the material and thus came across as condescending and inauthentic. Good narration should add to, not detract from, the material being read. Unfortunately, the listening samples aren't long enough to allow one to determine whether a particular style is well suited to the content, and what may be palatable in a short sample can easily become a distraction over a longer period.
The content in Thanks for the Feedback is useful, insightful, applicable, and valuable, and the authors write with credibility and humor. However, as with their previous book, Difficult Conversations, the content is rendered difficult to understand and therefore almost inaccessible due to poor narration (Douglas, sorry to give you this evaluative feedback: you mumble and your delivery is stilted; Sheila, your narration is somewhat better; at least you're easier to understand, if a little sing-song-y in places) and poor production (vocal pitch and modulation drop off to the point that it's impossible to hear the end of many sentences - where is the vocal coach?).
If this is ever re-recorded and re-released, I'd consider keeping it as a reference. Without a wholesale revision it's a slog to get through the first time, let alone experiencing it a second time.
Authors, if you're not trained in narration, please get someone else to read your work for you so your work presented in the best possible manner. Your audience will thank you for putting aside any ego attachment you may have in favor of accessibility.
There are few audiobooks I have enjoyed on all fronts - writing, story, narration - as I have this one. Glorious imagery, a story that grabbed at my heart, and a narrator who perfectly captured the essence of a very compelling main character. Don't be fooled by the first few minutes. It doesn't adequately prepare you for the treat to come!
Peter Carlin gives us a rare and nuanced glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most prolific musical icons of our age. Bruce Springsteen is much more than his music. Sometimes he's a flaming asshole, imperious, willful and demanding. At other times, he demonstrates a tenderness, deep understanding and forgiveness of his fellow humans' flaws. Bobby Cannavale captures Bruce and members of the E Street Band with the inflection that only a native of New Jersey can. Though a bit rambling at times, all in all Bruce is a story well worth a listen.
Wonderful first-person narrative! Sternhagen is stellar as a narrator, and believable as a native with her spot-on Maine accent. King's story and characters pull the reader deep into the quirky culture of a life on a Maine island, its year round residents and summer visitors alike. Dolores' darkness, borne of pain, disappointment and survival finds relief in compassion, redemption and triumph.
I enjoyed Pennebaker's research and insight into how the "little words" we use, those sly little buggers like articles and pronouns, have such a big impact on the messages we convey and receive, and how we process them primarily through our subconscious mind. The dissection of corporate and political communications he used as examples throughout helped to clarify and reinforce his points.
The narration was a good match for the material. The narrator's pace, diction and inflection complemented the content and gave it life, delivering Pennebaker's subtle humor in just the right manner and reading more like a story than a dry research paper. There were a few areas, such as where he touched upon forensics, that started down the academic path, but for the most part the writing was as entertaining as it was informative and enlightening.
The talented ensemble cast of narrators brought this well-written piece to life. Stockett is a gifted storyteller. Her characters are worthy of the listener's empathy, disdain and compassion. Great job!
Minnie's account of "the pie" when at last she reveals her dirty secret.
The characters in the story, each with her own distinct personality and quirks, came alive through the narrators' acting ability, giving the characters depth and dimension.
If someone else narrated it, I may have enjoyed it. Otherwise, I can't think of anyone who would enjoy it.
She may be an acclaimed singer (great by some standards, mediocre by others), but that doesn't necessarily qualify her as a good narrator. Her sing-song narration and odd inflection sounded as if she was reading a children's story and the effect was belittling to the listener.
I can only comment on the first few chapters. They held no interest for me.
I wanted to like this book and wanted to know more about the author's career as a singer-songwriter, but slogging through the annoying narration and self-aggrandizing review of her toddler years kept me from getting that far.
After a slow start the story began to engage my interest, but I have to agree that the ending felt abrupt and left too much of the story unresolved to be satisfying. I thought of numerous other ways Patchett could have ended the story that would have provided the reader/listener a more complete sense of conclusion, and which would have made more sense given the cast of characters.
Hope Davis rendered a serviceable performance, providing enough nuanced character differentiation for the characters to stand on their own.
An overall okay listen, but nothing about the story or the performance was so outstanding as to warrant more than 3 stars IMHO.
Not interesting enough to invest the significant amount of time required to listen. Trite phrasing and character development. Probably a better movie where visuals can replace some of the mundane narrative.
Love Tina Fey but was disappointed with this book. Her narration, while expressive and enjoyable, contained so many sotto voce asides where the volume dropped off so much that it was difficult to hear, therefore I frequently missed portions of the material the first time around. I ended up having to skip backward and turn up the volume to hear those parts - very frustrating. Also, based on other reviews I was expecting laugh-out-loud funny, but this didn't deliver. If you like Tina, you'll like this; amusing, but not a "must read."
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