Why hire an amazing, well-respected actor as Sir Ian McKellen for the narration and not go to the trouble of capturing a suitable audio recording to do it justice?! The entire thing sounds like it was recorded underwater - whatever audio engineer was on duty that day should find new line of employment.
Halfway through, I finally can no longer stand it. I will not be finishing this one. Every female character's voice sounds like an exaggerated Richard Simmons. It is completely distracting. I've listened to audiobooks with a male narrator who portrayed women with a simple, hushed tone, or even no change at all while reading for the female characters, and pulled it off brilliantly.
There is also an "old man" character near the beginning that Degas portrays as a complete caricature of an elderly man, and his breathy, wheezing, unrealistic voice is quite annoying as well. Fortunately, my wife owns the paperback, so I'll just finish this one the old fashioned way.
Really intriguing story, well-built, likable characters, great performance by Ron Perlman.
The setting, and the character interactions.
Great voice. Subtle, yet unique voices for the different characters.
There were a few things that just seemed out of place. I won't give anything away, but there were a few sexual encounters that were inappropriate given the characters' ages, and the ultimate encounters with "It" did not satisfy expectations.
No. Not satisfying considering it's length.
Good performance. Some of the characters' accents were annoying (and frankly sometimes cringe worthy), but I'm willing to concede that it might be the characters' themselves that are annoying.
Not really. Is there an abridged version out there?
I would, with the caveat being to not expect much out of the narrator (Max Brooks) or the Chinese Doctor character. The Chinese Dr. performance was particularly horrendous.
Zombie-apocalypse meets World War politics.
Without a doubt, the ex-military character voiced by Mark Hamill. Phenomenal voice acting.
Most of the narrators did a magnificent job. Even Max Brooks' performance as the main narrator was acceptable (though subpar), but the acting by the Chinese doctor character was ridiculous. Prepare yourself for it to be almost comically unrealistic. Aside from those, the performance of the other actor's were overall pretty good.
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