I didn't finish it because I didn't like the performance.
First of all the reading is sloppy. Numerous mistakes including:
Desert for Dessert.
Brasserie for Brassiere.
Companiable for Companionable.
Oddly Street for Audley Street.
And so on and so on.
Why did the reader adopt such a nasal, croaky delivery? If it was in order to indicate that the story is being told in retrospect by an older woman, then why not hire an older actress? Eileen Atkins, Claire Bloom, Penelope Wilton. Sadly, the delivery really affected my enjoyment of the book, and I abandoned it after a few chapters.
Absolutely nothing. I stopped listening after the third "'er 'usband in Paree". Why on earth choose such a pot pourri of lousy accents? Gabor doesn't even attempt an accent, while the women mostly sound like bad imitations of Yvonne Arnaud on an off night (look her up).
When I stopped listening
"This film can't be any worse than the audio version"
Francine prose is a magnificent writer, and she has come up with an intriguing subject. She deserves better than this. I'm off to buy the hard cover. My ratings for "overall" and "story" are based on what I hope the book will be.
This is a beautiful, poignant story which held my attention from beginning to end - with one big exception. The canvas is one which particularly interests me, having lived through some of it.
Everything. I'm a big fan of Mr. Morey, but this reading is a disaster. As someone who is multilingual, I was appalled at the numerous mis-pronunciations throughout the book. While some of these may have been intentional (though I doubt it), I cannot imagine why the publisher didn't choose a reader who is familiar with the various languages. I winced each time a word or a phrase was mis-pronounced, and this just took me right out of the story and into near apoplexy! Please, Mr. Morey, next time you are hired to read a book which contains words in another language, get some serious coaching from a professional. This one is a blot on your otherwise perfect landscape.
What's next from Ms. Orringer?
Absolutely. It is thrilling from start to finish.
When Jeb shows up in Kit's room.
Everything. Who knew he was such a brilliant actor?
The relationship between Kit and Susannah.
Loved this book. Mr. Le Carre just gets better with age.
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