I had previously read the first two books in this series and I really wish I had saved my credit for the month & just read this one as well. The narrator reads the story in the cadence of a 6th grade girl reading unfamiliar text. She tries to give characters different speech patterns but fails miserably.
Outside of the narrator, the story itself is pretty good. I'd save it for actual reading material instead of listening.
The narrator is horrible, her voice is actually ok, but the way she prolongs words at the ends of sentences drives me nuts.
I like the story, but the way the narrator draws out the last word of each sentence grates on my nerves. Especially when a sentence ends with the word "her" she really draws the words out, prounounces it more as haaaaaer. Drives me nuts. Otherwise I like the story.
I'm about halfway through this book. I'm a service tech & listen to it while I drive from job to job. It makes my day fly by. Having a terrific narrator helps the story, but the story on it's own would be worth reading. I find myself looking forward to going to work so I can listen to more of the story, how the unlikely mix of characters are being pulled together into the same story line, and how I enjoy puzzling out the workings of the world the story place in. I do enjoy how it leaves you wonder how this all ties together & slowly leads you towards each character meeting up with the next. I went ahead & downloaded the following two books so can move right on with the story. Well worth the price (a bargain compared to the price of most audiobooks)
This is the second Neil Gaiman book I have listened to on a road trip. This one outlasted the drive & at the end of my trip I found myself wishing the drive had been longer. Gaiman does a terrific jobh of narrating his story, after a while you no longer need the indicators of which character is speaking because he does the vocal inflections so well for each character. He pulls you into this world he has created very quickly & you are never totally released back into your own. Definitely worth listening to.
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