Simon Vance gives yet another stellar performance in An Unpardonable Crime. Set in 1819, this story chronicles fictional events in the childhood of one Edgar Allen Poe, as experienced by schoolmaster Thomas Shield. Featuring several grisly murders, a love interest, and plenty of intrigue, this was one quick-paced audiobook that I just couldn't hit the pause button on.
Davina Porter gives an excellent performance and I would definitely be interested in listening to something else she performs. However, I'm actually only 50% done with this book but done listening this tripe, so I deleted it from my device.
This book is, for lack of a better word, extremely "rape-y." I am not sure what I was expecting, but starting about 40% of the way through the book, Claire tries to escape and go home to her own time, gets caught by the English, is beaten and almost raped, then is rescued by the Jamie. When they're all safe, he beats the shit out of her for having disobeyed him.
And it all goes downhill from there - violence arguments, violent sex, threatened rape. This book is bullshit. As a woman who has experienced domestic violence - physical, mental, and sexual - I am OFFENDED by this book. This is just another in the disturbing trend in recent novels to idealize (and even fetish-ize) manipulative, violent men and psychotically violent "love."
In order to finish this book, I had to stop listening to this audiobook and switch to my Kindle for the written version. The performance is awful. The narrator has an annoying high pitched voice and her readings are stilted and unnatural. I literally couldn't get through the first chapter.
I am now on the 8th book of the Harry Dresden series, and I've listened to all but one of the books on Audible. I have to say that my preference for the audiobooks over a hard copy is solely due to James Marsters' narration. Reading a Harry Dresden book without hearing James Marsters' voice is like eating a grilled cheese sandwich with no tomato soup. It's good, but it's just not quite right.
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