I found it a bit too pornographic for my taste. The story could have had the same impact without being so explicit.
Bryce Courtenay is a wonderful story-teller, although I found this one a bit long-winded
Humphrey Bower is an inspired reader. He portrays the accents of the characters wonderfully well.
No! I much prefer the print version
There is too much dynamic range - the reader is sometimes whisper quiet, so you turn up the volume and the next paragraph is too loud; this is very disruptive and annoying. The reader does not differentiate between the characters, so it's not easy to tell who is speaking.
I love the story but had to go to the print version to enjoy it, I have listened to many audio books but have not been so disappointed before.
J.K. Rowling is a top-selling author so I thought a book by her for adults would be good. It was just not my kind of story - I stopped listening after about a third of the book.
I'm currently listening to The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtenay, and it's brilliant - both the story and the performance by the narrator.
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