I agree with the previous reviews rergarding the narration- there was very annoying mouth noises and the narrator sounded as thought she was bored to tears while reading, or just arrogant. I also did not appreciate her attempts at trying to sound masculine for the male part of the text and childlike for the youth part of the text. It was almost comical. I frequently found myself mocking her aloud while reading.
The story seemed interesting and historically accurate, and I think I will actually have to read the book to be able to enjoy this story.
*note-- the preview didn't capture the fullness of the profoundly irritating narration, which is why I purchased it. Next time I will read the reviews as well.
The story would have had a chance had I read it instead of listened to this on audio-at least with this reader. The reader overly enunciated every hard consonant to the point of sounding maddeningly annoying. The contrived attempt at sounding dramatic and changing her voice slightly to read different characters wasn't enough either-- the nasal, whiny fakeness of her voice did a huge disservice to the story. She sounded like a snotty, pouting teenager who failed out of drama class-- and wouldn't let go of that even as the characters developed. I had to stop listening and will just go buy the book and read it myself, so I won't have to associate the ridiculous, lameass voice and crappy overdrama with the characters- who actually have a little promise aside from the brutally petulant voice of the reader.
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