Maybe a professional narrator would have added that little more pizzazz to this peculiar story. Even if based entirely on the author personal experience, I feel that having him read the story rather than a narrator has taken something away from the pleasure of listening to it.
Don't be put off by the detached voice of the narrator, cold like that of a news reader. Hang in there, and you'll be in for a big surprise. The voice will warm up, the pace of the events increase, and you will suddenly reach a surprising finale. I did not see it coming and that's what I expect from a good thriller. Very satisfactory listening.
I truly enjoyed listening to this audio book, and after listening to over 80 of them purchased from Audible, I can again, after a long time, give a book 5 stars for everything.
The story is fascinating and carefully researched, the language rich but the pace not heavy or difficult to follow, the author is also the narrator and for once this choice doesn't make you regret not having hired a professional reader. I listened to it, spoke about it with friends and family while doing it, and I am still keeping in mind the names, the story, the ideas on which it is based. Not a shallow way to fill some empty time, on the contrary, a very satisfactory past time!
This might well be the slowest audiobook I ever had the misfortune of buying. The narrator speaks with such monotonous voice, at such slow pace, that I decided to give up listening after a few chapters. These, by the way, have been randomly divided by the audiobook editor, making it impossible for the listener to check out how much is left till the end of the actual book chapter. I only recommend it if you are an insomniac looking for a natural remedy for falling asleep.
Why spoil it all by reading it yourself, Jon? I have read a few books by Jon Ronson and loved them. I watched Men who stare at goats (based on his novel), and was actually surprised by its peculiar take on ESP. But this audio book was a complete disappointment because Jon Ronson decided (or was invited) to read it himself. And he has the most monotonous, slumber-inducing voice I have ever heard. I had to give up, after a few attempts. I think I'll go back and read the paper version. Or try again when this book will be recorded with a different, professional narrator, who can really give credit to the surprising stories told here.
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