If I can at all avoid another book read by Patrick Tull, I will. I LOVE the P. O'brian books about the Royal Navy and sailing ships, but I frequently felt like ripping my earphones out of my ears and stomping on my MP3 player.
Mr. Tull swallows convulsively and frequently during his reading like he's taking a drink or has something caught in his throat. It was so distracting I found myself bracing for the next swallow rather than hearing the story and that with the volume turned down hoping I wouldn't be able to hear it. He. . . also . . .reads. . .each . . . word deliberately for a space then rushes through the next few sentences, for no apparent reason - like fast during action, slow during emotional times - nor any logic that I could find. His characters sometimes have an accent and sometimes don't. Maturin sometimes has a brogue and sometimes doesn't. All of his characters' voices are inconsistent so you can't tell who's talking unless you can tell from the context, and sometimes you can't tell from that either.
All said, I did NOT enjoy listening to this book and only finished listening because it was the next one and I had already bought it, and I hate skipping around in a series.
MAYBE if I had read Mr. Tull's narration first I could have tolerated it, but after listening to Simon Vance's vastly superior interpretation of these books, I will never have the patience again.
Mr. Vance had voices for each character - very easily identified and believable. He didn't give Maturin a brogue, but then even though Maturin was Irish, he was raised in Catalan and spoke several languages and very well may not have had a strong Irish accent. It was so very enjoyable listening to Simon Vance I fell in love with the books all over again!
So if you can at all get the books read by Simon Vance rather than Patrick Tull, DO make the attempt. You won't regret it. And definitely read these books - they are Awesome!
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