Princess of Dhagabad is one of my favorite books, and so I was delighted to finally - FINALLY - find it on Audible. The story tells the tale of a young princess, unnamed until the very end, and the genie in the bottle given to her by her grandmother. In this story, genies are created by their thirst for eternal knowledge, not power or magic. The genie and the princess form a friendship that will change both of their lives.
I really do love this book. That being said, this audiobook desperately needs a new narrator. At times it feels like your mother, reading you a story at bedtime, stumbling over words and rushing the pacing. There are noticeable pauses before every word that is new to the narrator - most noticeably character names - that a more professional narrator would have had down pat before recording a book. Also, the "accent" seems very off. This sounds like a British grandmother, while the story takes place in a very Middle Eastern country.
Overall, while I do love this book, I only it gave it a 3 star rating due completely to the narration. I hope one day a new version will be released with a better narrator.
I have friends who love the author's blog, who follow it daily and who think she is a very funny writer. Based on their recommendation, I picked up this book.
I want my credit back.
The author's experiences are probably interesting enough, except she colors it by all these witty interludes, in a "Look at me! Look at how clever I am!" style. I really feel this book would have been better served by an editor that would have trimmed it down by 1/3.
Watchers is one of the first Koontz books I ever read, so recently I decided to pick it up as an audiobook. Now, I really wish Audible had a return policy. The story holds up just as I remember, however the narration sounds like one of those awful speech-to-text books that were popular so many years ago. I'd suggest passing on this version, and picking up the book instead.
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