Having read or listened to all of the previous installments of this venerable series, I was particularly disappointed with this one. Without giving away too much, two quick and decisive naval battles book-end what I felt to be Dr. Maturin's interminable hand-wringing over Diana Villers. I found myself fast-forwarding through large portions.
David Case strikes again.
Covell does a wonderful job with this enjoyable classic.
I was mostly interested in this series because I'd recently been to Sicily. On the plus side, the author gives details about some Sicilian dishes that I'd be interested to make. On the down side, the characters are pretty flimsy and the cliches fly like bullets.
This recording of The Golden Compass is read by the author, with actors doing the characters' voices. The recording quality could've been slightly better, but the writing and performances are excellent.
Richard Matthews' excellent reading is only surpassed by Dumas' brilliant writing.
Having just enjoyed all 25+ hours of Walter Covell's reading of "The Three Musketeers," I eagerly plunked down my credit card for part 1 of the sequel, "Twenty Years After." But, a mere three chapters into this 700+ page book, I find I'm already cursing the reader, Frederick Davidson.
Davidson's reading voice can most charitably be called foppish. And he seems to follow the same pattern of intonations, whether relating mundane events or urgent affairs. His accents, though, are the real killers. And he is incapable of keeping the characters' voices straight from one page to the next.
In short, Davidson's reading distracts from the writing. Which is probably the worst thing that can be said about a reader.
I'm not sure I'll continue with volumes 2 & 3 of this recording.
The writing is clear and vivid, and the reading expressive.
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