La Vergne, TN, United States | Member Since 2008
I confess to having already read this book in hardback form. However, I wanted to see how the text would come off in audio with all the English accents--and Nac Mac Feegle accents, too. I was not disappointed.
While reading the actual text was a delight, listening to Stephen Briggs' oral rendition makes the text even more fun. I'll have to purchase the next two in audio, as well.
I read a few pages of this book via Kindle and I must say, listening to it was the better option. The voices in the audio make the language and the dialect come alive. The author wrote that dialect phonetically in places, which made it seem condescending in print.
That said, this was a good story until the end when it seemed the author was in a hurry to finish the book and get it to the editor. Skeeter's dilemma was wrapped up a little too neatly and I didn't buy the quasi-happy ending presented for Abilene, either.
In sum, the destination wasn't that great but it was an enjoyable journey.
To these American ears, Mr. Harrold's voice is not particularly soothing upon first listen. But now that I've grown used to him--"deeper and deepah"; what?--his voice is just the thing to knock me right out.
I never hear the Audible.com blurb because my mp3 player has a sleep timer, which I set for 30 minutes. Someday, I hope to make it to the end of part 1 of this audio book before falling asleep.
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