Better writing and better narration.
I suspected this was a sappy piece of work by the narration, but thought the historic content would compensate for the poor skill of the narrator. As I listened further it degenerated into total religious rubbish, so much so that I stopped listening altogether. I chose the book in haste before a long road trip, so it was a great disappointment. Fortunately, I had Faulkner's "Light in August" saved on my device. That is a book that I could listen to over and over again!
Nothing called "inspirational".
A narrator would make the heroine, Erica, sound like a the strongly independent character (as she was written) instead of a simpering, whiny mama's girl.
All of it.
A very regrettable choice.
I read reviews on Amazon to support the opinion I had about the triteness of this novel and not surprisingly found reviewers who liked it. So they enjoyed it far more than I.
Twelve Years a Slave
Wally Lamb should not read his or anyone's audio books. His voice was too weak and he isn't an actor.
I was listening to it rather than reading it; so I could come to the end in relatively short time and exercise while I listened.
I loved Wally Lamb's first 3 novels, especially "I Know This Much is True". So this book was a big disappointment!!! The only thing I liked about it was the prologue read by my favorite narrator of all times, George Guidall! In my long reading history, there have been only 3 books that I could not finish. This came close. The characters were completely irrational. The dialogue whether out loud or in their heads was sappy, trite, and sappier and triter than have ever read. I virtually gagged on much of it.
A more realistic depiction of the true nature of scientific investigations and creating truly believable characters!
Other books by Allegra Goodman.
She did them all well, though Kate was probably my favorite.
All of them.
The production. The story was good - better than expected in that the lovers actually do consummate their romance and marry even if unhappily. But the narration and the production was not worthy of Henry James. There were long pauses and many errors in the reading. There was no enthusiasm in the reading and no attempt to get in character.
Dickens, Jane Austen etc.
What did I not love about Middlesex? It was great! I loved the writing, the narration and the production!!!
Character development and the cultural and historical setting. And the genetic info.
He is one of the best narrators of all times. His accents and dialects were perfect! He read with a love of the writing and the characters!!!
Born twice, first as Callie and then at 14 as Cal.
I've been listening to audio books nearly 10 years now and have listen to over 280 books. This is way up there, if not right on top!!!
The combination of biography and history. I learned a lot. It is very well written. Least was the narration and the 20 second pauses between sections of chapters. There was less pausing b/w chapters.
The narration needed to be done by a more skilled actor with a much younger voice. Mr. Minx' voice was far too old sounding and he did not do the female parts at all well. The minister himself was a young man, but did not sound at all young.
The minister's blatant hypocrisy and calling out for the man who impregnated Hester while she stood on platform with babe in arms to take all the blame herself. Even though it had not been revealed that he was the father of the child, I suspected it and hated him for his not admitting it then and there.
Please provide at least one other production of The Scarlet Letter for your listeners to choose from.
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