Byron Katie has a unique style in her way of communicating and I grew very accustomed to it from other speeches and books. That fact made listening to this narrator a trial. I am not yet finished with the book and every single time I turn it on I cringe. I try to relax by focusing on the material, trying to mentally overlay any other remembered voice but the narrator's intonations and vocal interpretation. Ms. Farr's expressions while reading feel incongruous at times and like bad mimicry at others. It's like a lot of typos on the page - you can understand what the writer is saying but the typos slow you down, you keep trying to read anyway because you want the material.
Byron Katie is a blessing on the planet and the queen of personal accountability. I recommend any of her books and speeches.
I can't seem to make it through this first few chapters without numbing out. We all have differing preferences so I mean no offense, but I find Frederick Davidson very hard to listen to. His intonation, intended dialect, and mouth noises distract me from the story which I am sure is a good one (my goal is to listen to all of Dickens and I'm finding it delightful until now!).
In addition, he barely makes the female characters believable. I will credit him with creating a fine and consistant atmosphere of arrogance for Mr. Dombey...other than that I need a different narrator in order to find out how it all gets done.
I thought the narrator was good as far as creating the environment but his portrayal of the female characters is weak and kept slightly pulling me out of the story. Not enough, however, to bring me to quitting it all together. I don't regret the time spent on the book.
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