I liked listening to the book until the end. The story was well written and I eagerly anticipated the final revelation of how everything would come together. After such lovely detail and insight into the characters' minds during the first 13 hours of the book, it was a great letdown that the ending was so understated and fast. I felt locked out of the characters' experiences when Dubus shifted to an overview style.
Narrators are so crucial for success of audiobooks. I am a fan of personal and professional development books but could not get past the horrible choice for narration in the first section. His voice has nice tones, but was too monotonous and poorly enunciated for this subject. This style would be a fabulous narrator for self hypnosis or relaxation material. I was so busy being bored, I have no idea what the book content really included.
This book taught so much about why WWII veterans were silent about their experiences, Japanese culture, and human spirit. Ms. Hillenbrand did a fabulous job weaving Louie's story with other historical events. Ed Herrmann used his voice as narrator to impart just enough "acting" to give the characters life. He kept it far more interesting than a professorial monologue yet prevented it from being a dramatic show. I felt as though I was witnessing events taking place! This is one of my favorite Audible purchases of all time.
At first I thought this would be boring, because I had difficulty staying with it in the beginning. Once I understood that McCall Smith was following a pattern of African storytelling, I jumped in and enjoyed it immensely. In fact, the narrator's voice stuck with me so much that I wanted to use the endearing accent myself! Audiobooks are as much about the performance of the material as they are about the written words, and this book delivers on both fronts.
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