Just finished the seven hours of part 1 and can't go on listening. I will usually slog through narration issues because I hate wasting my credits. But in this case, I just can't. The narrator--although a decent reader--makes the voices of all the male characters sound like robots or zombies. It's so bad that I can't muster any sense of the male characters as real or interesting. It's a pity though; the story is quite good--guess I'll finish it on my kindle.
I tried--I really did. I knew that this narration would not measure up to Davina Porter's but I listen to lots of narrators and have never been so put off as I was with this one. REALLY--Rick Holmes' version of Jamie's voice and accent was so painfully unnatural as to sound as if he had some sort of physical impediment to speech-- I can't describe it but I had to give up the audible and read it on my kindle.
Adequate entertainment but not one of those books that you hate to turn off. I am a fan of Gabaldon's detailed narratives that bring the characters to life. And if you love the characters she creates--there's nothing better. Unfortunately, although I liked Lord John in the Outlander series--I am not a fan of the snarky character the emerges in this series. SO, loved the writing, not a huge fan of the characters or the storyline.
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