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Anastasia

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  • Human Traces

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (5)

    Sixteen-year-old Jacques Rebière is living a humble life in rural France, studying butterflies and frogs by candlelight in his bedroom. Across the Channel, in England, the playful Thomas Midwinter, also sixteen, is enjoying a life of ease, resigned to follow his father's wishes and to pursue a career in medicine.

    Annie M. says: "Narrator ruined it in places"
    "Narrator ruined it in places"
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    If you could sum up Human Traces in three words, what would they be?

    Narrator ruined it.


    What other book might you compare Human Traces to and why?

    Human Traces is beautifully written, and reminds me of such explorations of the human condition as Ian McEwan's ATONEMENT, or other novels set in this period, such as THE GOOD SOLDIER. I love a long book that deeply explores the characters' lives. So if you like a fast read, go elsewhere.

    My issue with this book is the narrator, who performed the lead characters with aplomb, but nearly made me turn the book off with his interpretation of minor characters. You wouldn't think minor characters would compel one to disregard an entire novel--but I nearly did. The narrator did this weird thing as if he were talking in the back of his throat, and very high pitched. It was exceedingly jarring, and it turned well-thought out characters into characatures. In a book that is 24 hours in length, there are many minor characters--thus many opportunities for the narrator to send my ears into fits. It's too bad because he is basically a very good reader.


    Did James Adams do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No, he did not. As stated above, he did an excellent job with the lead characters, both male and female. But his interpretation of many minor characters was simply awful, with a high-pitched voice that sounded like it was coming from the back of his throat. It was painful to listen to and it's tragic, because the rest of his narration was good. This is such a worthwhile book, yet he nearly ruined it.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy BIRDSONG instead. And read this one in the hard copy.

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