This was one of the funniest books I've ever read. While I enjoyed the audio version, I was not as happy with the narrator as with the book.
I love these books. The characters are terrific, the stories of this author are entertaining. i have a bone to pick with the narrator. She is quite good with the different voices and inflection. However, she needs to do her homework on pronunciation. It is amazingly irritating to be listening to a gripping story and be interrupted by mispronunciations. She never bothered to learn the proper pronunciation of New England place names or nautical terms. There were even some regular vocabulary words mispronounced. Filene's, Monhegan, Mt. Katahdin, Concord, and more. Very irritating
Do her homework before she reads and find out how to pronounce all the words in the books.
Laurie King has a remarkable talent. Her characters are riveting. Her attention to the details not only of character, but of plot are exceptional. Every Mary Russell book has taught me about issues and events from the past that I had no knowledge of. I love Jenny Sterlin's narration, as well. She is excellent.
A magnificent book, thoroughly absorbing and beautifully read. Simon Winchester always comes through with fascinating tales of somewhat obscure bits of history, deftly woven into an engrossing narrative. I have never been disappointed by any of his books.
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