"Portrait of a Lady" provides rich detail in both settings and character development. The concept of living behind such a veil of propriety and ritual is foriegn to us in current times, but the nuances of freindship, love and relationships is still interesting and relevant today.
Mr. Wood's voice, while deep and appropriate for the male character, fell short of enjoyable for the female parts. Also, his frequent swallowing, throat clearing and lip licking were quite obvious and distracting. Sounds that might not be noticed on the stage or film, are quite annoying in the audio version of a work. I purchased this version of the book because it had the highest ratings, but I would take a sample listen to others before purchasing.
This work can help to educate both the medical professional and the lay person. So much has happened in neuroscience since I finished my training in '96; this was a very pleasant way to bring me up to speed on the basics of what I need to know about glial research. And for those who are afflicted with or who care about someone with brain disease, it can serve as a very understandable/intelligible peek behind the curtain of medicine, and as a ray of hope for the future.
I almost didn't buy this audiobook after reading some of the poor reviews, but I'm glad I did. While different than the narrator of the previous audiobooks in the series, I don't find Mr. Lee any more annoying than I did Mr. Dotrice. They both lend a pleasant British flair to the overall reading of the book; they both do some things that make me roll my eyes. Mr. Lee does use less differentiation between character voices and does enunciate somewhat emphatically; but nothing I can't tolerate easily. This is actually more pleasing to me than a deep voiced male who tries to lend multiple female voices and fails to do this consistently. I've found that I'm enjoying the story so much throughout all of the books that the narrator becomes less important than I would have imagined. This series is one of the best I've ever listened to or read. I can't WAIT for the next in the series! Don't dawdle, Audible!!
A fabulous epic that is brought to life by the reader. He does an excellent job with the many characters in this series. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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