I really wanted to like this audiobook, but......
For the first time I discovered how narration can truly get in the way of a good tale. I don't think I blame Jill Melancon overmuch for the poor performance, but I do blame the director....or whomever decided that yelling through the vast majority of the story like a speed freak at the peak of a high, was a good idea. There are times during the story (far to few in my opinion) that J.M. reads in a fairly normal voice and tone, which is why my complaint is against the director. It's obvious that she knows how to perform an audiobook, but I think in this case, she wasn't allowed to.
A slower pace and less hollering would've put this one near the top of my list because it really is a good story, but the insanely fast and yelling narration was so dang irritating, that it took me over two weeks to get through it. I had to take several breaks during listening and switch to another book just to give my ears a rest. I'm sure some people will be able to get around it for the sake of the story (after all, I did), but it was a struggle. I don't know about anyone else, but I work too hard for the money I make to purchase audiobooks that require an extraordinary effort just to make it through to the end.
My advice - skip the audio version and go straight for the hard copy or electronic. Your ears will thank you.
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