Both books were excellent. I whipped through Bring Up the Bodies without listening to any of my usual podcasts (which is saying a lot!)
The human and political intrigue was gripping throughout.
I loved the dry assuredness of the narrator!
I was very interested in listening to this book, but the dour reading style of the narrator induced a profound depression in my soul. Maybe it's an accurate rendition of the character's voice, but I had to cut and run before the first chapter was out.
I had heard podcasters recommend Independence Day, but had always been put off by the lack of reviews on Audible. Wrong!
Richard Ford turns out to be an amazingly insightful and empathetic writer. I heard Roth say the other day that a novelist should write without fear or shame. This is what Ford does so very well. His characters express so acutely the dilemma of people who have had a couple of decades behind them, and now must face up to past regrets and failures while also working out how to deal with the rest of their lives.
I don't think I have heard Peter Marinker before, but his narration is perfect for this novel. He delightfully inhabits each character's voice, without actually doing voices, if you know what I mean. It is the merest inflection or tone that does the trick. I'll look out for his other performances from here on.
I found the choppy editing of the audio distracting, and the reader's attempts at foreign pronunciation forced. Sometimes it seemed that the pronunciation was corrected, such as it was, by obviously reinserting the word into the audio stream. In addition, the reader's habit of taking on the voices of the various speakers was not entirely successful.
In the end, it was hard on the ears and I stopped listening after three or four hours. Too bad, since the best was yet to come, I hear.
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