Narrator John Lee is remarkable: He can suck the life out of any good story. Lee has a deep voice and a fine accent, but those cannot make up for his random inflections, uneven reading style, and complete lack of voice characterization.
I would suggest buying the print copy of this book. Avoid John Lee's narration at all costs.
Narrator Amy Rubinate has a style that ruins the book for me. I'd suggest listening closely to the sample to decide if it will bother you.
Instead of a natural speaking style, Rubinate falls into a narration pattern that stresses vowels too much, most especially on words at the end of sentences. You get something like this:
"When we got the letter in the pOOst, my mOOther was ecstAAtic. She had already decided that all our problems were sOOlved, gone forEEver."
Rubinate's narration pattern is worse in some areas than in others, but is strong enough to suck the meaning out of the writing and destroy the characters.
The over-stressed vowels are like speed bumps, bouncing the mind out of the narrative. Instead of flowing prose revealing the characters' thoughts and motivations, the over-stressed vowels stop the flow. When so many words are stressed, the sentences lose their meaning.
Narrator Chris Andrew Ciulla throws off the enjoyment of this book. He'll read a few sentences fine, then suddenly DECIDE that EVERY two or three WORDS in A sentence need to be STRESSED to MAKE the reading MORE DRAMATIC.
Listen to the sample and you'll probably see what I mean. When Ciulla does this, the sentence becomes very difficult to understand. The odd sentence stress destroys the flow and loses the meaning. Instead of staying immersed in the story, Ciulla's narration pulls attention back out.
Not recommended, based on the narrator.
A problem with modern recording equipment: you hear every detail. In this case, Jenny Sterlin needs a better denture adhesive. Throughout the recording, you hear the clicks and pops of what seem to be dentures not quite glued tight.
It might be something else... some unusual saliva buildup or something I don't know. It is enough that it is difficult to ignore.
You want to ignore it, because Sterlin's performance is very good and so is the book. I'm not sure I'll get further books in the series, unless I listen to the previews and find this problem corrected.
The audio quality on this book is terrible. I would be able to get past that, except that the narrator is terrible too!
Narrator Richard M. Davidson does an excellent job narrating this non-fiction book. The author, Bart Ehrman, also does a great job making the topic interesting, assuming you are interested in the first place.
Davidson, however, deserves a highlight. This book is filled with references to bible verses. If you were reading this in print, your eye would skip over the references unless you wanted to focus on the detail. The narrator's style makes this same thing happen in audio. He is able to mention the citations, but still keep the flow.
Davidson also makes the whole text very interesting. Ehrman writes this book in first person and the narrator takes advantage. The audiobook sounds like you are listening to a very engaging person enthusiastically telling you a story.
Sometimes the book gets bogged down in details of examples. These are things that you might skip in print, but are more difficult to handle in audio. In general, however, this happens infrequently.
If you are interested in the topic, you'll like this audiobook..
Dan Moore should not be allowed near a microphone. A prime example is the sex scene in the early in this book. The words are provoking, but his narration is like a high school science teacher talking about cell division.
Dan Moore ruins his own book.
Listening to Rogue is like hearing someone read a military after-action report. It talks about things that should be exciting, but all the interest is sucked out of the story.
There is little story arc: the whole thing seems flat.
Really, really difficult to make it to the end. I'm typing this as I listen to the last part of the book... and I really don't care if I miss anything. Oh... and it is so flat that I really am NOT missing anything!
Someone please call the police... the narrator of this book is apparently being strangled. Well, actually it is a lot of
I don't recommend this audiobook for anyone. The book itself might be better, but seemed purile to me. That may have been increased by the narrator, who has a terrible style. The problem may be that he seems tone deaf, since a section in the book required singing... and it was terribly off key.
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