It being to listen to more than 90 minutes of the book. As to the audio component of the book, I found the repeated and lengthy use of the faux echo to be extremely annoying and distracting. As to the written component, I found the dialogue to be stilted and the plot thin and slow to develop. All in all, a major disappointment given that I had thoroughly enjoyed the preceding two books in the series and had eagerly anticipated listening to this installment.
I'm sorry I didn't read this classic much earlier in my life. I am amazed at how "current" this tome is despite the span of time between when the book was written and the present. In addition to being an interesting story (though at times predictable), I found the book really made me contemplate a lot of values that society pushes. I'm glad that I invested the time to listen to this book and feel that it should be required reading for all high school and/or college students.
BTW, the audio quality of this book is absolutely wretched. I knew this before purchasing the book based on other reviews so I did not hold it against the recording in my rating.
Parts of the book were laugh out loud funny but not as much so as I had been lead to believe based on reviews of this book and author. Other stretches of the book were rather dull. Overall, I would rate the story and its narration at 3.5 stars. In my final rating, though, I'm deducting 0.5 stars for the poor audio quality; there is a persistent high-pitched whine throughout the book that nearly drove me crazy.
The story was very engrossing and I looked forward to my next opportunity to listen to see what would happen next. My only complaint was the ending lacked satisfactory closure. All in all it was very well written and perfectly narrated.
I was very glad when Audible offered this title as I've greatly enjoyed the rest of the series. While the story is good and captivating, it's not quite as good as the others in the Pendergast series. My biggest complaint, though is the narration. I've found the "special" effects added to the voices annoying and distracting -- the tunnel voice, the telephone voice, the intercom voice, the thinking to yourself voice. The voice being used for a specific character also abruptly changed on a couple of occasions. Overall, I'd give the story 3.5 stars and the narration 2 stars.
I really wanted to like this book. I had truly enjoyed Julia Glass' other book that I had downloaded from Audible ("The Whole World Over") and was sorry when it had ended. I tried listening to this book for the first time several months ago and could not get past about 15 minutes of it so I just stopped listening -- at the time I figured I had just enjoyed the previous book (The Company by Robert Littell) so much that I wasn't ready to embark on anything so divergent. So after listening to a few more books I gave Three Junes a try again today. After 75 minutes, I decided it was just impossible to complete -- a first for me. While I don't think the writing was up to the same standard of "The Whole World Over", what really killed the book was the narration. There was little differentiation between the characters, and when there was differentiation it made some of the characters sound unappealing; that would be OK if that was the author's intent but I don't think that was the case. The poor differentiation would have probably been tolerable, though, if it were not for the poor diction of the narrator. There was no pause at the end of some sentences and then some sentences would run into another with no pause. This made for a stilted, hard to follow listening experience. Hopefully this will be the first and only book that I can't finish.
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