Jefferson Mays is absolutely inappropriate as the narrator of this book. His arch, bored tone takes away from a very interesting book. I saw Mays perform, "I am my own wife," and he was brilliant in that play but simply awful at reading Netherland.
I heard O'Neill read a bit of his own book on Fresh Air and it was an entirely different experience. But this performance.....very, very disappointing.
I thought this book might be superficial but it is anything but. Very convincing detail and well thought out.
I have listened for three hours and find the narrator disturbing. He might be appropriate for a children's book for impressionable young boys, but not this sophisticated tale.
I've only listened to seven hours and I am so in awe of Hugh Dickson. Years ago I took a course on Dickens novels and I wish I had had this resource at that time. Amazing narrator!!!!!!!
I don't know how to begin the praise for this narrator, Anthony Heald. I hope he looks back on comments about his work periodically, because it will give him a real lift. Quite simply, he made this book come alive with his sensitive phrasing, his change in tone of voice, his authenticity. I don't know if I would have enjoyed this book half as much if someone else had narrated it. He is a master.
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