I had to read this story for my monthly book club meeting. And I immediately disliked the monotoned narrator. The deep timber of her voice just doesn't seem to be flexible enough to differentiate the characters. It was only because of my book club members raving about the story itself that I braved the story again. I eventually got caught up in the plot of slavery, love, right and wrong and even found myself on the edge of my seat. The book is great. Tells a tale from a side of slavery not told often. I won't say don't buy this book because I liked it in the end...BUT...I will tell you to hear the sample first.
I've officially been taught a lesson about buying a book with a narrator Im not familiar with. I am a huge Nora Roberts fan and this book doesn't disappoint but for me this reader was a whispery, breathy, sultry mess!!! Lord I had a hard time trying to get past her voice. Please listen to the sample to make sure the readers voice doesn't irk you.
Im only writing this to give another opinion of the narrator in this story. I enjoyed her immensely. Im African American and I can't say that I am strong in the do's and dont's of Irish accents but I enjoyed this story and Katherine's narration. I was caught up during the magical excitement and her rise in voice was timely. She has a strong voice and I could tell which character was which. Keep doing what your doing Nora. I can't wait for the next two episodes and I hope you keep the same narrator. There is nothing worse than having to switch narrators during the middle of a series.
I will admit that I was a bit leery about this book as its not exactly my typical read. But I trusted all of the great reviews I read. I feel like I am the one reading the letters and that I am watching the book unfold. The author has mastered describing Guernsey and its inhabitants. This book was light in part and heavy in others and overall it was a great read. I read while at work!
Now that the series is over what will I do? I have enjoyed the series very much. Not every book was perfect in every way but I am not sorry that I bought every episode and listened to them all. Johanna Parker, you are amazing. You had a lot of characters to bring to life and you did an amazing job. I will move on to your other readings next.
This book is a hoot! The home sounds comfortable, open and inviting...even with a ghost. The characters are real aren't they? The narrator brings each one of them to life and I'm almost jealous that I don't have that southern drawl...it sounds so cool.
I chose this because of the good reviews by others. They were not wrong. Try it...
I hate it when audio books change narrators in the middle of a series. Now you have to meet strangers trying to take the place of your old friends. The story was very good but the story teller just didn't fit. Or maybe I just didn't want her too. (Shrugs). Good book though...
Genuine phrases that only Susan Ericksen can deliver. Very interesting and vivid details about everything. I could see the antique china patterns and smell the Four Roses that her mom drank like iced tea.
Just a wonderful read and very entertaining. I want to visit Savannah now and also look for Antiques. After reading this book I know that I don't know enough about either one. This was my first Mary K. Andrews book but it won't be my last.
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