Absolutely Not. I mean no disrespect to the narrator, but I found her narration to be awful. It felt like I was listening to someone read the entire time with a fake smile. It seemed completely phony. In addition, there were no pauses in what appeared to be section breaks within the chapters.
The book was very well written covering different aspects of the influence of friends in our lives. I found myself relating to certain sections.
Her narration sounded fake. It was like listening to someone patronizing me. There were no pauses in between what sounded like a new section in the chapter.
Do yourself a favor and buy the hardback or ebook. Save your ears from listening to this.
I guess I differ from many of the others who hated the narration. I actually enjoyed it. I thought Andrews did a fantastic job and added to the experience of reading the book. Yes, it was a bit slow but I liked that. It felt right for a book about a small town. Things just happen a little slower in small towns they don't feel as rushed. I would also rate his ability to do different voices higher than some other narrators. The characters all had a distinct sound and I appreciated that. (Especially his narration of Murphy and the boys.)
I liked Andrews' narration, particularly the differences between the brothers and the children. I could picture adorable little Murphy.
I don't know that I would consider the audio version better - but I would say that it enhanced my experience of it. I often found myself sitting longer in my car listening to what was going to happen next.
I don't think it possible to have a favorite character in this book. Much easier to pick the least favorite character... Amy. Nick's sister was probably my favorite. I felt for her. She clearly loved her brother and was very loyal to him.
It's one of those where I HATE the characters so much but yet I still find the book a satisfying read. And I really hated Amy.
Word to the wise: If you have issues with profanity... this isn't a book for you. It didn't bother me so much except that I listened to the audiobook while driving and there were quite a few times when I received horrified looks from the car next to me like "What the heck are you reading?!".
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