I find listening to a female narrator read this book distracting. I am by no means a misogynist, but the words are odd coming from a woman. Putting that aside, the information in this book is so vital. I recommend it to anyone.
The story is fluff and humorous -- just what I was looking for. But it is as if the narrator is reading to developmentally challenged first graders. Occasionally she loses herself and speaks in normal cadence, but that is very rare.
The story is quirky and engaging.
The performance could have been better with any other narrator. While I understand the logic of having a young girl read this, there must have been someone who was literate available. Did any editor or the author listen to this before it was published? The author's well crafted book is butchered. And I learn that the reader (take that loosely) is not 12 or 13 or even 10, as it sounds, but 16 -- so perhaps 15 when the work was done. This is an indictment of whatever schools she attended.
The book is very enjoyable -- and I'm only 1/2 finished. But the narrator can be quite distracting. Doesn't anyone "proof-listen" these? How can a professional narrator pronounce khaki "cocky" -- let alone the mangling of anything that's not strictly Anglo Saxon??? It took me a while to realize where/what "La Joe La" is. Despite this, I'm loving the book. In summary, 5 stars for the book and 2 stars for the narration, but the book outshines the puzzling pronunciation.
As is quite often the case, this book was not the "page turner" that "Across the Nightgale Floor" was. The development of characters continued to be quite good, but there was not as much action as the first book in this trilogy. The male narrator was wonderful; however, I found the female narrator's deliberate and emotionless reading to be quite tedious and distracting.
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