John McDonough brings the Mitford series to life with his rich and engaging narration. I have enjoyed this and each previous recording in the collection. My only complaint is the editing, which often jumps from one paragraph to the next without a pause jarring you from the flow of the narration.
Laurell K Hamilton never fails to deliver characters and scenes rich in detail and emotion that let you into the hearts and minds of her creations. The performance by Kimberly Alexis brings the Anita Blake series to audio with great care and understanding of the characters, her talent continues to portray the emotional depth and internal struggles with a skill perfectly matched to this series, but..............The addition of background audio, in this book in particular, is frustrating in some scenes, distracting at times and down right inappropriate and diminishing to the material and performance in others. I would not recomend listening to this audio rendition without having read the book first. The additional audio turns key emotional scenes of this book into the equivalent of a made for t.v. version of your favorite book, watering down the drama and failing to let the origional work shine.
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