I really like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum stories and have read most of the books in the series if not all. The characterization and plot has gotten a little thin the further along the series moves. It feels a bit like Evanovich's joy of writing Stephanie Plum has waned a great deal. This book is better than the last one I read (which may have been 18) which literally felt like she threw down her pen write before the ending in the middle of a sentence and paragraph and said no more. Lorelei King definitely makes the listening pleasant. I downloaded this in the middle of a bout of horrendous traffic (so bad that I felt completely at ease locating and downloading an audiobook) and it served it's purpose well as a cotton candy low stress book that served me very well in the hour it took to get to my location two miles away and in my commutes following.
Wow - horrible awful terrible performance. I could picture this reader reading a story starring an over the hill, life long smoker, from New Jersey or Florida. Elizabeth Bennett? Not even close. I cringed the entire car ride home and deleted it off my phone the second I pulled in my driveway (no red lights, go figure). It would probably help more if I didn't have Emily Gray's voice in my head from the last book I listened to.
I love Pride & Prejudice. It's the only book I own where I've bought multiple copies and online copies and movies and not had issues with it because the story is fantastic. I'd use caps but that would be rude.
A quick review indicates that there are many other versions read by British women who would likely be a better fit, I might purchase one of those to cleanse my brain.
I just went to see the first film by Peter Jackson when I picked this up. I had picked up a live play version earlier, but had not enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. This version definitely made me understand some of Peter Jackson's choices given how much goes on in this book. I definitely liked Rob Inglis's reading of it and felt that I got to know the characters well and didn't feel like I was missing anything going from seeing the movie to listening to the book.
I had picked up the entire Sherlock Holmes narrated by Charlton Griffin series on Audible when this was offered as a Christmas freebie. I obviously enjoy the story however I had gotten used to Charlton Griffin's story telling and the way he performs the characters that I felt that Alan Cumming fell a bit short on character creation. It more felt like he was reading it than really acting it out. I do however enjoy his voice and did not feel that he dropped the ball. It made for a pleasant ride to work.
The story is imaginative and well fleshed out. The characters are completely imperfect and the more loveable for it. The chest alone is a character worth reading about. There isn't much about the story I don't like. It's just the audio quality that kills this audio book.
Any other Terry Pratchett book and the Jasper Fforde books.
There are huge parts of this audio book that sound like they are being read in a tin can. I almost can't recommend it at all due to the quality as it's nearly unlistenable. I'm sure they had sound studios when this book was recorded, but you certainly wouldn't be able to tell from this recording.
I really hope that there's a newer audio version that someone who can't read will be able to get to hear so that they'll have the chance to enjoy Terry Pratchett's works.
My favorite thing about the story was that there wasn't a character you didn't get to know. You never spent time asking yourself who is that again. The characters are all fairly fleshed out. I did like that it was long and gave me plenty of listening time in the car.
The ending certainly isn't in this book and it feels like it. It's a huge book but it's not standalone and feels like it's been cut.
The narrator had a lot of accents to cover and a lot of voices to cover, however a lot of them ended up sounding same-ish. If two characters shared an accent, chances are they weren't given a unique voice.
I wouldn't necessarily consider the audio version to be better than the print version which I did read. But the audio performance was decent and there were distinct enough voices for the characters.
The plot isn't nail biting as if you are paying attention you can figure out who the killer is fairly early on. But it's an enjoyable read and an enjoyable listen.
I haven't listened to any of Johanna Parker's other performances before so I can't compare it.
I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.
This is a pretty good (not great) story and a pretty good reading to go along with it. I do recommend it as an easy fun listen while commuting.
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