I really enjoyed this story and I think Jenny Sterlin is a fabulous narrator. She captures voices and intonations incredibly well and the story comes alive by her skilled delivery.
I really liked this book but I found parts distracting because I hear some background noise and even talking in the background in a few parts. In Chapter 3 about 1/3 of the way through there is someone talking in the background - like on the telephone. I was surprised that no one has edited that out. Maybe they can't or no one knew about it. Don't the editors listen to the whole story before they publish? I am disappointed because when you purchase an audible book you expect superior production.
When you get to Chapter 7 of the second book - the Two Towers - you will hear someone talking and a BLENDER going in the background. What is going on???!! Audible - get a new person in your quality control department!
Jim Dale has an uncanny ability to be multiple characters while delivering a classic story and making it come alive. If you have never listened to A Christmas Carol make this your present to yourself. It is the best rendition that I have ever heard. Jim Dale is amazing.
The story would have been much better if the narrator had used an ounce of expression. He sounds like a robot and is greatly distracting to the substance of the storyline. I bought it from Audible.com and listened to it before even reading the book. His narration had no emotion, imagination or flow. I don't know how he auditioned to be the narrator but I could read it better. In fact, I did. After listening to the Audible version I got the book from the library and I read it to a friend who is blind. I truly enjoyed it so much more and got more involved with the characters by my own reading outloud to my friend. My friend is also a very critical Dick Francis aficianado and has been worried that Felix Francis would not be able to carry it off. After reading it with expression and emotion we both agreed that Felix is doing just fine but Audible had better find better narrators or they will start to lose customers. Oh, for the days of Tony Britton. The epitome of superlative narrators.
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