Dylan Baker does a solid job differentiating the voices of the different HEY DO YOU LIKE HARMONICA MUSIC? YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO SOME JOLTINGLY LOUD HARMONICA MUSIC RIGHT NOW WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT! characters. But the producer who put this audiobook together didn't OH LOOK IT'S TIME FOR MORE REALLY LOUD HARMONICA MUSIC! I HOPE YOU LIKE IT BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T IT'S REALLY GOING TO MESS WITH THE STORY! consider the way it would sound if every chapter was separated with some lousy harmonica playing at nine thousand decibels. The overall experience of listening to this OOPS NOW HERE'S ANOTHER SUPER LOUD HARMONICA INTERLUDE!! audiobook as an exercise in patience. Not recommended if, for example, you like listening to audiobooks at bedtime.
I'm about halfway through. The story is great so far--believable characters, interesting mysteries. But the real surprise is Ray Porter's narration. So often, a poor narrator can ruin even a fantastic story. This is the opposite of that. Porter brings the characters to life with pitch-perfect, easily identifiable voices. Absolutely top notch.
Literally anybody else. It is difficult to imagine a worse reader.
Totally. I think they should cast Sean Connery in the role of the Russian sub captain. He'd be perfect.
This is pre-bloat Clancy--there's some technobabble, but it's an exciting and detailed story. I cannot under any circumstances recommend this reading. Letting your Kindle do a computerized reading would be less distracting than this reader's almost unbelievably bad "voices," and his literally laughable accents. Do not waste your credit.
This is such a great story. But this can't be the best audio version of it--Bradbury is, by the point in his life at which this was recorded, not a strong reader to say the least. I think there's genuine value and a real connection that can come from listening to an author--especially a well-known and deceased one--reading his own work, and as a historical artifact, a recording of the master's voice near the end of his life, reading one of his best-loved works, this is a valuable edition. But if you are getting this as an audiobook rather than as a chance to listen to Ray Bradbury, you should go with another version.
Slattery's an excellent reader, and his voice sounds a lot like Stephen King's minus King's sometimes distracting vocal mannerisms.
This is among King's best--a fantastic ghost yarn in a modern setting.
These aren't my favorite Stephen King stories, but they're good—certainly better than his "Just After Sunset" collection. Jessica Hecht, though, sounds like she's reading Pollyanna or some other girls' adventure story instead of the two rather harrowing stories centering around women in this collection. She's probably a competent reader, but she's all wrong for Stephen King.
This is an excellent book and this is the only Audible edition available. If you have to have it as an audiobook, this is your option.
However, as others have pointed out, the female reader, Gabrielle de Cuir, all but sobs her way through any section that involves Ender's sister Valentine. Worse, she's all over most of Card's other books as well. Be forewarned.
First, this isn't Ender's Game. It's an entirely different kind of story, so if you're looking for the pseudo-military sci-fi action of Ender's Game, you will be disappointed. That said, this is one of Card's better works, with rich, interesting characters and a fascinating (if slower-moving) plot.
The multi-person reading is not very well done, however. At best, it's distracting; at worst, obnoxious--one of the female readers, in particular, has a habit of reading every sentence as though it's the saddest and most important thing ever written. The book's main narrator is (fortunately) quite good.
The single star is no reflection on either the author or the reader, both of whom are excellent. I cannot recommend this audiobook because the sound quality of the recording is so poor.
I listen to Audible books during my commute. The muddy, distorted, indistinct recording is extremely difficult to understand over road noise, especially when the reader is reading in a lower register.
The book is a very good one--well researched, with vibrant and distinct characters.
However, as someone else has commented, the reader has a tendency to pause in strange places and to elide over chapter breaks as though they weren't there. Her voice provides very few distinctions between characters.
Perhaps the biggest problem, though, is that she mispronounces the Latin rather abominably and inconsistently. In a book with as many similarly-named characters as this one has, it's an understandable error, but it will make the listener's job that much more difficult.
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