This book really keeps you interested from start to finish, but it features nearly non stop flash backs, jumping through time continually. In the book I assume the reader could tell this from page breaks, but in the audiobook there's little to clue you in. However, I could usually catch on to where we were in time within a few sentences, and it did really keep me engaged.
Also, the reader's voice is a bit disengaged. She does a great job at the voices, but the narration feels kind of dry.
Jesse Bernstein's voice has a condescending tone, like he is talking down to children, in every moment of the story. It makes him unbelievable as the main character, though he does a fine and consistent job as other character voices. It doesn't make the book unlistenable, but it certainly detracts from the enjoyment of a good tale.
In spite of an amazing story and an excellent reading, I had to give this audiobook a one star performance because whomever did the final audio mix saw fit to add overly loud, jarring music, often overpowering the end of emotional and interesting chapters that would have faired better on their own. It was enough to completely yank me out of the story at times, and while I usually would have been shedding tears in these climactic moments, I was instead straining to hear them.
I really enjoyed the story and characters, and Jesse Bernstein does a fantastic job as the main character. Unfortunately his accents and voices for other characters were pretty terrible. Until the very end, when I was so absorbed by the story I didn't care, I dreaded every time Emma or Miss Peregrine needed to speak.
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