Salzburg, Austria | Member Since 2010
I bought this version behause it was narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and I truly enjoyed listening to her reading of it. Only too late did I discover that the book was abridged, and very drastically so. The main points of the story are all there, but not much more. This is the reason for the low story score. So much of the magic is gone, of Colin's development into a normal boy, of the transformation of the garden. It was a good reminder of the original book, but not nearly enough.
This unabridged version is quite delightful. I heard the abridged version read by Helena Bonham Carter but it was too short, too much was missing. This version is complete, and very well read. Unfortunately the sound is inconsistent, often too quiet at the beginnings of chapters, but aside from that I heartily enjoyed it!
No wonder this narrator was chosen as narrator of the year... If anyone can make a rather long fairy tale interesting, she did. Well done!
Fun, lighthearted, funny, well-read. An enjoyable bit of fluff for a lazy afternoon. Enjoyable main and background characters with a few interesting twists.
Very enjoyable! I really enjoyed hearing from all the original actors, and Carey's imitations were also spot on. A glimpse into the filmmaking world that shows acting isn't always sunshine and rainbows, although in this case it was a lot of fun. I watched the film again right afterwards, and enjoyed every moment - again. Perhaps even more...
This book started out with a great premise and a good beginning, but the narration by Mark McClain Wilson was awful. I hoped I would get used to it, but it just became more and more annoying. He may have separate, convincing voices for each character, but that is the only reason he received the two stars I gave him.
The story itself also bogged down significantly in the middle and was very, very straightforward. I was interested up to and including the first battle in the desert, but then either Honor Raconteur ran out of ideas or fell in love or something, because it all goes downhill from there. The story is very predictable and overly clichéed, two characteristics only emphasised by Mr. Wilson's overly emphasised reading. I had the impression that Raconteur wrote this off the cuff, because there is no character build-up, no story planning, no foreshadowing for later events. And although I've not even finished my listen, I know that absolutely everything will turn out fine and the main character will succeed with nary a hitch, be rewarded by the queen and live a peachy keen life in a world filled with roses and rainbows.
Further, far too much time is spent with the main character wooing a woman just two or three months prior to the battle of his life, something that tested the bounds of credulity as this was a lifetime soldier with only one goal - to save the country (and therefore the continent? kingdom? who cares?) from annihilation by a country with an army x-times larger than his. And then a woman distracts him? Of course all turns out fine (yawn - not even finished listening yet and still sooo obvious) and before, during and after the procedure we are treated to trite, emotional scenes which try to be moving and humourous but which only caused my eyes to roll.
Frankly, I don't know which factor made this experience so negative. Was it a poor story read by a narrator trying too hard? Was it a good story butchered by a narrator? I will certainly give neither the author nor the narrator another chance so I guess I'll just have to live in ignorance.
I used to read a lot of these as a teenager but have since gotten caught up in other genres. I bought this during a sale to give the audible romance genre another chance after a bad choice and was well rewarded! The characters are lively and have great personalities. Susan Ericksen's reading was good, but occassionally the character's voices were not distinct enough. The story is complex enought to be interesting and the romantic bits are also fun. I would definitely listen to another book by Ms. Heath!
I'm not even done listening and I simply have to write that I loved it. I bought this on some sort of sale to brook the time before my pre-order arrived and am hooked. I will definitely listen to more from both Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi. Don't want to stop listening, am sad I only have another half hour of book to listen to.
Although the name Camel Club is quirky and appealing and the characters in part enjoyable, I did NOT like the book or the reading, although if you can get through the first four hours you'll make it through the rest. Accept the following: it's very cliché. Bitter Arab/Islamist? check. Mysterious, tragic hero? check. Quirky formulaic side characters? check. (Although I did like Caleb...). Then there's the coincidences... there's just... so... many... the island, the boat, the restaurant, the parallel break-in (I don't think that's a spoiler, it is a suspense/crime/spy novel....). Jonathan Davis' reading doesn't help at all. Too little difference between the voices (except for Caleb, maybe that's why I like him so much) and the reading tries too hard to be suspenseful. Also, Davis' voice changes too much between breaks. As a final affront, there's sometimes music at the end of a chapter, but even that is inconsistent and detracts more than it improves.
Oh dear, I nearly forgot the thesaurus style of writing, with bizarrely placed high quality words in the mouths of unsuited characters. Such a shame, really. I wanted to like it, the whole way through.
But I didn't, so I can't recommend it.
To be honest, the first enjoyable point was the Canadian aspect. And the story was quite amusing. Very small town, lots of gossip and distinct characters with distinct personalities. And of course the mountie - who doesn't like mounties??
It was interesting and kept me guessing until the end. A bit distracting was the constant postulating "oh, person x had this motive because of this reason, but this other person could also have done it for that reason" and so on... That distracted a bit, but everything else was fun.
That would be a spoiler, but it has to do with it being a small town and how quickly information travels.
This is a silly question, sorry Audible! I'd rather write about the narration which was quite good and very suitable to the setting, the characters and the story. In no way was I ever consciously aware I was being "narrated at".
The best part was the narration.
That it wasn't 1:1 with the film. I've never read/heard the book before, and the additional details were fun to learn (like why the tin man is made of tin, and more about the flying monkeys, and stuff like that)
Oh, she was excellent. I liked everything about her performance. An excellent narrator.
This isn't that kind of book... but it did occasionally make me laugh, and I guess that moved me.
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