Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2008
This has to be one of the most obnoxious and grating narrators I have come across in all of my time as an Audible member - and I have over 100 audiobooks! The worst of it is, the man's normal speaking voice is actually quite pleasant. If he just stuck to his usual voice, this would have been a great listen! Unfortunately, he is melodramatic x 10! I was annoyed long before I got to the Texan accent, but the horrific rendition of what is often already considered a difficult accent to listen to was the last straw - I had to stop listening. There was no way I was going to suffer through another 14+ hours of that! The frustrating thing is, the book seems really good! I'm going to go buy a hardcopy because I'd really like to know what happens, just not with Lyndam Gregory's clownish, insufferable narration.
I can't even entirely blame it on Mr. Gregory - if whoever produced and directed this had just told him to knock it off with the silly voices, he could have done a great job!
I might. I know for good reason a lot of people that are not me really love this book. I am a BA, MA English graduate and I feel slightly guilty for not enjoying it more than I did. It's certainly well-written and the characters well crafted. I personally, though, just never really fell in love with the book. I found myself anxious for the book to be over so I could start reading something else. There were bits and pieces that moved me and I will always remember, but I can't say that for the book as a whole.
Like many others, I love The Hobbit - it was one of my all time favourites as a child. I have read it multiple times and enjoyed it more with each reading. But, for some reason, I really didn't dig Rob Ingllis rendition of the book. I have a sneaking suspicion that this stems, not from any failing on Inglis part, but because my father bought us cassette tape copies of Nicol Williamson reading the abridged version of the Hobbit. Williamson is so incredibly talented and his narration so masterfully done that no one else ever compares. Also, one of my earliest memories is listening to his narration of the Hobbit and I have listened to it repeatedly since, even as an adult. It's not Mr. Inglis fault, but I just can't listen to anyone else read the Hobbit now, except my father, and he says I'm too old for that now!
Absolutely. I always read or listen to anything Jhumpa Lahiri writes several times over. She's one of the few authors who's writing is close enough to perfect that I'll repeatedly reread her work.
It was a good narration, with excellent pronunciation and not too much melodrama, which I appreciate. I did find his voice a little bit monotonous at times, and sometimes jerky, but as I got into the story, it grew on me and by the end of the book, I quite liked his voice. I would certainly listen to him again.
Sci-fi or post apocalyptic for the literary lover.
Toby really shines in this final chapter of Atwood's trilogy. In Year of the Flood, Ren was very compelling, but she fades away into the background here. Bernadette Dunn reprises the role wonderfully.
Zeb's character and his narrator where a little bit irksome after a while. Bob Walter has a lovely rich voice, but his narration took on an annoying, rhythmic lilt that really got under my skin after a while.
I for one, was very surprised to find out how young Tom Rachman is. His characters are so diverse and so convincingly narrated that I was convinced he must be a much older gentleman with years of life experience and writing experience behind him. I was quite touched by the multiple character threads and in the end, very impressed with how Rachman brought them all together tidily and convincingly. A very well done book with a solid performance by Christopher Welch.
It wasn't an emotional roller coaster for the most part, but there were a few moments that really got to me.
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