The fact that this book was originally published in 1860 was enticing. True to the time, many words were used when few would do. In spite of that, the excellent narration carried the day. The writing brought to mind the hyper-emotion of opera and could have been just too much to listen to but the narrators did an outstanding job of portraying that emotion while not wearing out the listener. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Perhaps more thought could be given when picking a narrator. Fred Carver is not a high school sophomore with good diction. Please try to find someone more appropriate. A poorly chosen reader can ruin a potentially good listen.
A true love story. This superb author based this story on his parents' lifetime love and his father's grief at the loss of his wife. Says the author, "There really was a white dog."
I'd like to be more positive in my review but this is truly a pale comparison to The Godfather. We just don't think the same way men do. The narration was equally pale in comparison. If you're looking for a "chick flick" version, you'll probably like it.
Ralph Cosham's narration was perfect as always. I agree that he is the voice of the characters in the series. The story didn't measure up to the previous books for me. It went pretty far afield. If you've listened to the previous books, you have the advantage of knowing the characters and the village of Three Pines and the disadvantage of expecting something quite different and, in my opinion, much better. This is likely a one time listen for me. Too bad. I was looking forward to the release of the book.
This narrator did an excellent job portraying a truly loathsome individual. If the author's purpose was to make you despise the main character, he has succeeded admirably. I've made it through three and a half hours and I'm not sure I'll go further. Perhaps having grown up with relatives who were similarly nasty, mean, negative and hateful has colored my outlook. I don't need to reminded of the damage and destruction which this type person can inflict. On the positive side, listening to this book does remind me of the many kind and wonderful people there are.
Nice voice in the narration but what's with all the snottiness??? Just started listening and I really wish someone else was doing the narrating. Tone of voice is snippy gossip. How demeaning to the First Ladies.
Wonderfully done! Well written and very well narrated. Love to hear more like this.
Probably the best audiobook I've ever heard in the more than twenty years I've been listening. The performance of these actors was top notch. The author had an understanding of human behavior and an ability to express it which are timeless. I cannot recommend this highly enough. If more stars had been available, I would have given them across the board.
Before writing this I checked to see whether this narrator had done other books. I was astounded to find that he had. His rapid-fire bursts of 3-4 words at a time with no consideration given to the flow of the written word was extremely distracting. Emphasis was given to words within the bursts without thought of the meaning of the entire sentence being read. It was difficult to follow the storyline. The topic was interesting and the writing was okay--I think. I tuned out frequently in frustration. Even as a daily deal, the cost was excessive. Save your money.
This author has great insight into people. I am from a generation which finds some of the content objectionable. Having said that, the contribution of the characters to the overall story was important and the writing was such that it wasn't necessary to delve deeply into all of the details of each character to follow the impact of each on the story. The narration was outstanding. I will certainly look for additional offerings by both the author and the narrator.
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