This book was so depressing if I had continued listening to it I would have had to go on medication. No likeable characters, no redeeming features for any of the protagonists. I think Rowling's thought process was "What can I write about that's the complete antithesis of Harry Potter" ?
The writing must be good as I always was feeling the need for a hot shower to scrub clean. I may one day get hold of a paper copy to make sure all the horrible people get their just desserts, but I can no longer listen to it in the car when I cannot fast forward and have to listen to the foul, depressing distasteful things described in this book.
If I never read another word about adolescent sexual 'awakenings', particularly those of spotty masturbating boys, it will be way too soon. A tired subject that bores me no end and was never worthy of any literary merit.
Horrible, horrible book. It will be a long time before I spend my money on a JK Rowling book.
A well crafted book at the right pace with the precise amount of detail needed to be there on the ice. I enjoyed the reading and, having no knowledge of the voyage, was hanging on to the end hoping all would be well. Loved this book!
Agree with the other reviews - really grating voice and overuse of inflections and nuance in every sentence. Tried with another one in the series but again was so put off by the narration I switched to another book. Try before you buy on this one.
This novel is hard enough to follow without finding rebus goingin his door one moment and hanging up in a cellar in the very next sentence.
Buyers beware and save your money. Not worth it. Go for a full length book.
The rich, melodious voice of the narrator transported me to his character in a moment. I was happy to listen to his voice regardless of the story. But what a story! When it finished I cried out 'Oh No!' as I wanted more. Really enjoyed this book and my life is richer for it.
The words and the story of The Book Thief makes this a book I will recommend to many. Markus Zusak's prose is brilliantly crafted.
BUT THE NARRATION!!
The large majority of the audio books I have are performed. I get it. But this narrator has interpreted the story according to his mindset rather than allowing me to 'read' it and make up my own mind.
The 'sotto' voice used for Death is incredibly irritating when you listen to books while travelling as you cannot hear what is said.
That said I love Dennis Olsen's voice - a voice that is truly a gift. I wish he had chosen to read the book and not interpret it. I have borrowed a hard copy so I can honour the writing better.
I didn't read the blurb and found after 5 minutes of listening this was a story with vampires, werewolves and elves - not my chosen genre. Best mistake I have made with literature to date as I thoroughly enjoyed the story from start to finish. The reading was great to listen to and the story was entertaining and funny.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this one but the experienced reading by Stephanie Daniel keep me interested. It is a rare artist who can perform male and female voices without irritation. Phryne however irritates me just a little more than she entertains me - and I'm not sure why her social standing allows her not to be called a tramp given her penchant for bedding any male she comes across. I enjoyed my trip back to the country circuses and the insight into the moral world of circus folk.
Thoroughly enjoyed this reading. The pace was perfect and the story entertaining. Off to source another similar title right away!
I have jumped onto Audible to see why I am so out of step with the world majority in liking this book. The overdone past/present genre with the added mini novel inside it is is driving me to distraction - which is a problem because I buy audio books to listen to while I drive! I was wondering if it was just the narration but I loved the way he read the war novel pages and he did the female voices well - especially the cranky old Auntie - so I do not think that is the problem.
The most annoying thing is the treatment given to Pasqualle (sp?) - it seems that the author has contrived to make him simple and dull like his broken English. Not sure at this stage that I'll bother to finish with it.
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