The story in this book and the rest of the series are really wonderful (particularly the first 3 books). I got the audiobook for my dyslexic sister and I was really disaapointed with the narration. I checked with her (since she had no previous experience of this book) and she also found the narrator underwhelming.
There is no issue with the narrator being Australian (the book is set in Australia) but she lacks the talent to take on the personality of each character, and her overall narration isn't all that easy to listen to (unlike other narrators I've heard).
I'll probably still get the rest of the series because the books themselves are great for teenagers (this is an Australian classic for teens) and audio is a great way to assist dyslexic readers.
I started reading Dracula but couldn't get into it. I've often listened to books but I was determined to read this so I listened and read it at the same time. It was brilliant. I became engrossed in the story and had to restrain myself from staying up all night to finish it. I loved how there was a different narrator for each character's journal and enjoyed each actor's interpretation of how other characters sounded. The only narrator I didn't like was the girl who read Lucy Westenra's journal - I found her style of reading very irritating, however i gave the performance five stars because everyone else was fantastic.
I think I'll approach several other classics this way, by reading and listening - it was great.
Emilia Fox is an excellent narrator. I gave her four because with every narrator I feel their voices for hte opposite sex sound 'off', but otherwise I cannot fault her.
I gave the story four, because it was great. It isn't Agatha Christie's BEST book, but it is still better than most other mystery novels around.
I gave it a five-star rating overall, because in the end, I really enjoyed listening to it, and I will listen to it again, which is all you can ask for.
This is one of Agatha Christie's adventure stories, so if you're looking for her traditional "whodunnit?" this won't be it, but it is still a lot of fun and surpassed my expectations.
Emilia Fox's performance was excellent. I only gave her four stars because her male voices don't sound like real men! haha, but this is an issue with almost all narrators performing voices of the opposite sex.
The characters were magnificently portrayed by Fraser and Suchet, which makes it so easy to listen to. When I first started listening to audiobooks I was worried that hearing a narrator's voice would detract from experiencing the story. These two narrators (Fraser narrates most of it, Suchet is Poirot, I believe) eliminate this issue, really bringing the short stories to life, a sort of bridge between reading and watching a film (but with all the detail of the book).
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