Sounds like it was recorded in the bathroom! A lot of echo problems and very tin-y. I can't believe Audibl.com picked this one up.
I was hoping I could bear with the narrator, Patricia Conolly, on this one and eventually get used to her, but some of her character voices are simply AWEFUL. Her children's voices sound like bratty whiny mice; the kind of voice you would use in a comedy to get a big reaction. But worse is her voice for the main character Ruth. I don't know if its because she is trying to do an Austrian accent, but it is just annoying, sluggish and unattractive. It makes it nearly impossible to like the character. Even her regular 3rd person narration was difficult to stay focused with. I've listen to over a hundred audiobooks and this makes it onto my very short RUINED list.
This audiobook was probably twice as long as it needed to be. The narrator speaks soooo slowly. But that is not the worst - she pauses mid sentance CONSTANTLY and adds emphasis to words that were not meant to be emphasized. It is SO annoying! In her efforts to make the characters sound different from eachother she even makes one sound exactly like my autistic cousin. Just weird.
As for the book itself, great plot with a lot of boring writting. It feels like the author is more interested in impressing you with her great knowledge of India (or planes, or food, or antelope, etc), than she is in telling the story. Do I really need to know an entire paragraph of details - inlcuding the difference in size between male and female antelope just because a tiger is going to be hunting them for like 10 seconds of the book? I like non-fiction books, but this is a rediculusou combination.
Only if they are going to read it, and then I'd warn them to glaze over the unneccesary descriptions... a lot.
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