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.
This book was almost plotless ... So much was just uninteresting filler. My husband and I listened to this in the car and both of us almost fell asleep.
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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