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John

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  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2022)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1035)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "A Rare Example of a Reader Spoiling a Book"
    Overall

    Barbara Rosenblat has a huge following for her audiobook reading. But in this case she actually spoiled the book immensely for me. Her interpretation of Rene didn't come close to what I felt when I originally read the book. It was over the top and melodramatic. It seemed that she was more interested in her performance than the content or character. Kinda like many people who drag out the singing of the national anthem to show off their voice.

    Sadly it seems that this a trend. Having listened to books for more than 20 years I can see it. At first it was a revelation when readers put some drama like an actor into the reading. But it has gone way beyond that. Also some of the readers are playing the same character no matter what book they are reading.

    I very rarely stop listening before I finish but I just couldn't go on. Especially since this is such a lovely & deep book.

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