Cornwell - yes. Critt - NO
It could have been read by someone else. Critt takes pauses that are so long, I have checked numerous times to see if my device has died. Her voice for Benton is absurd - some snarky, angry-at-the-world jerk that snaps every word he says. Not Benton at all. And for god's sake, does she have the mic shoved in her mouth or does she breathe abnormally loud? Disgusting.
I realize the father is supposed to be the highlight, but I found the way Justin told the story and his own additions to be funnier than the quotes from the father.
The narration is great, except for his "girl voices." These made me cringe. I would have rather he just read the female parts in his own voice, rather than sounding like a man doing a church-lady voice. It was awkward and I thought really took away from those moments.
It was a good story that I'm happy to have more knowledge of; however, the actual act of listening to it was painful at times.
Devil in the White City. Both stories are told in more of a "news article" fashion that an actual story.
This narrator pronounces the 'H' in words such as "what," "where," "when" and so on. It is incredibly distracting, and extremely annoying. I also felt like he did not read the book before the recording. His inflection was off in so many areas, that I often found myself repeating a line he had just read in my own head, with proper inflection, just to make sense of the situation. He seems to only have two variations of his voice - deep, gruff 'mafia' style, and high pitched 'suck up' style. Oh, and he tries to do an Asian and German accent at times, and it's terrible. It makes me wonder if anyone even auditioned this guy. I will probably also physically read the book, because I found his style so distracting and hard to follow.
No. It is non-fiction.
I am more than 20 hours into the audio, and the narrator's voice still disrupts my experience (I have found other narrators distracting at times, but as I got further into the book I noticed it less and less). He really ruins this story.
Nothing. Narrator is like listening to seals being clubbed, but slower and with louder breathes.
Kate [forget last name] who narrates the later books. Wish they had used her from the beginning.
Great story line
It could have been read by someone else. C.J. Critt is terrible. I've read all the Scarpetta novels in print, and wanted to revisit them via audio book since I now have a long commute. After noticing that Critt narrates the first half of the entire series, I'm looking for other books. I can't possibly understand why this person was chosen to read these books. She should save her voice for reading to her own children, bless their tiny ears.
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