Yes by Follett, no by Lee
Haven't finished the book yet
His rendition of the various accents is so bad and so distracting that I may not be able to finish listening to this very long book. If you can't get an accent spot-on you shouldn't even try; just read in your natural voice.
Don't know yet, haven't finished it.
I wouldn't normally write a review before I've finished a book but I find this reader's terrible rendition of various regional UK accents so annoying that I'm not sure I'll be able to finish the book. Although it promises to be mediocre anyway - plot devices so far are transparent and predictable. I LOVED Pillars of the Earth though, and Follett's early espionage books.
A better plot. This book is at the same time terribly predictable and implausible. Wooden characters, too many coincidences and too many easy escapes from perilous situations. How fortuitous that Pirio finds herself stranded near the remote vacation spot where she and her now-dead mother vacationed when she was a child, and that she meets the son of her mother's long-ago lover and that he unquestioningly offers to help her catch a bunch of really bad guys. And that she can tap into her rare ability to withstand extremely cold water temperatures to outsmart those bad guys. Oh oops! Spoiler alert! The painful plodding of this book made me appreciate what talent it takes to weave a strong believable plot with believable characters.I chose this book because of a reviewer's comparison of Pirio to Smilla. Silly me!
Yes. My gripes were her mispronunciation of the names of a couple of Massachusetts towns (Scituate and Falmouth) and her botched efforts at a Boston accent. Anyone not familiar with the towns' names would not have noticed the mispronunciations, and they may not be bothered by the inauthentic accent if they haven't been exposed to the real thing. But narrators should check - or be checked - for correct pronunciation of everything they're reading and should be discouraged from trying to mimic an accent if they can't pull it off. It's very distracting.
The information about surviving submersion in very cold water was interesting.
Don't bother with this book.
I've listened to this Richard North Patterson book, and one other-The Spire. Both books have the same plot: highly successful, sensitive, brilliant, wise-beyond-his-years lawyer returns to the scene of a traumatic experience from his youth, rights past wrongs, and emerges even wiser and more sensitive. And of course he gets/keeps the girl! Odd contrast between the overall unlikely, romance-novel plot and the gritty descriptions of dead bodies, crime scenes, and sex scenes. I won't listen to (or read) another book by this author.
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch
The first time around I kept going because I wanted to find out what happened. The second time around I didn't have to because I already knew!
I feel let down by Audible for having accepted this product. The reading was awful - bad inflection, automaton-like reading, miserable attempt at pronunciation of the many many French words in the book: very distracting. Unlike another reviewer, I think the entire problem was with the narration. I stuck with it because I found the plot and characters compelling. But I'm not a happy customer.
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