Someone with a convincing SC accent, or no accent at all.
I adore this novel. I've read it several times, and since I enjoy long audio books, and this one had such a high rating, I thought I'd give it a try. I gave up after the first hour of listening. I don't know where the narrator is originally from or where he learned his accent from, but it was unlike any South Carolinian accent I've ever heard. It sounded more like a Bostonian attempting a Texan accent. It was jarring, clipped, entirely too fast, and inconsistent. Moreover, his reading of the story was flat and uninspiring. I felt like I was listening to a news report from someone who didn't much care for what he was reporting on.
I adore Pat Conroy, and Beach Music holds a special spot in my heart as the first novel of his I ever read, but this rendition does it absolutely no justice. I've never given up on an audio book before because of a narrator, but I just couldn't stand to keep going with this one.
I was quite excited to see these lengthier Doctor Who novels that were recently released, The Taking of Chelsea 426 among them. The story contains your classic bad guys and a spot-on Tenth Doctor. When the narration began, I was a bit nervous about how well Christopher Ryan was going to be able to voice the Doctor, as he sounded a bit droll. But when the Doctor showed up, sure enough, the voice and inflections were spot-on.
The story was developed well enough to keep me going with it, but not so complicated that I couldn't multi-task while I listened.
Overall, an entertaining listen, well worth a credit. :)
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