This book about the beginning of Anne's married life is much more fun for a grown reader than the first couple books in the series. Lots to appreciate on many levels. But ... the narrator is one of the worst I have ever heard. She has a very monotonous voice with no sense of rhythm, often puts too much space between words, and doesn't differentiate characters well or capture the character as written by the author.
I would recommend this for someone who was mostly attracted to Jane Austen because of the recent spate of movies/series.
The author attempted to relate what Jane Austen
Fun if you want something light and entertaining for a long drive. A gratuitous nudist colony, but otherwise a fairly tight plot.
Perfect for the main character.
It puzzles me, that of all Josephine Tey's books, this is the one that would make it to Audible. It's one of her least accessible, and unless you have some grounding in English history of the 15th century, hard to follow when listening 30 minutes at a time.
Narrator was good, and at times very good, although he struggled a bit with the American and Gloucestershire accents.
While an entertaining and fun book, the core characters in the "Anne" series just make cameo appearances. I think this was one of the books L.M. Montgomery wrote because she was pressured to, so somehow it doesn't quite reach the level of Anne's House of Dreams or Rilla of Ingleside. One can't help being annoyed with a father who is so absent-minded that his children are in constantly in danger of serious harm, but is quite able to pay enough attention to find a wife, who is obviously meant to devote her life to raising his 4 children (dear as they are).
The narrator does not add to the listening experience at all. At least once every five minutes, she emphasizes the wrong word in a sentence, does not bring out the different characters with different voices, and is generally flat. I would have given the book 4 stars otherwise.
A lovely narrator - worth listening to just for the pleasure of listening to her voice. In places, the book appears to be condescending to Africans, but having read some of the author's other books set in Europe, I think this is just an occasional part of his style which always grates a little.
The narrator, while at times an excellent reader, becomes annoying after about 20 minutes. He emphasizes odd words and has uncalled for pauses and has almost cynical tone at times that clashes strangely with the text. Several chapters into Matthew he develops an unusual way of pronouncing "Jesus", something like "Je-SUS", and his inflections begin to lose any connection to the material. I finally stopped listening - the first time with any Audible book.
The book is, of course, a classic. Listening to it again reminds me why! However, the narrator (Jamie Lee Curtis), is very uneven in the quality of her work. She does a great job with Jo, but gets Amy all wrong. Very often she ignores the actual text of the book. For example, it will say that Amy "spoke gravely", yet Amy's part is performed in a flippant, sassy way. It becomes especially grating towards the end when Amy is a young woman and is changing from the selfish little girl portrayed at the beginning of the book. The servant Hannah's accent is not well done, but this is minor since she she rarely speaks in the story.
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