Although Neil Gaimon is one of my favourite authors, Fragile Things was not one of my favourite audiobooks. Unfortunately, I couldn't keep track of where one story ended and another began. There were no obvious breaks and I just kept getting lost. I eventually gave up trying to listen and bought the book in paper.
After listening to this book halfway through, I give up. The narrator wouldn't be so bad if he didn't try so hard with his female characters. He tends to drop his voice to make them soft and whispery and in doing so, makes them inaudible. After missing most of Amanda's dialogue in the first half, I quit!!! Although the story was interesting enough, it was just not good enough to take me through the second half.
Money wasted on yet another poor narration.
This was one of the most delightful books I have listened to in a long time. Bahni Turpin is genius and her reading of this book was perfect!!! The story was fun and imaginative and kept me entertained the entire 10 hours and 37 minutes. Thank you Audible!
The story itself wasn't totally terrible but listening to the narrator swallow and smack is lips throughout was so distracting! Never again!
Certainly a sale book but entertaining enough. I must admit that I prefer Hamish Macbeth as a character though.
Simon Prebble did an amazing job on this story - I appreciated that he didn't try to "act" any of the characters but read them all to perfection. Unfortunately he kept getting interrupted by random bits of inappropriate music that tended to drown out his first words.
I must say that I found the story good enough to overlook some of the dated dialogue that did not stand up to time and the droning narration. Not good enough, however, to buy more in the series.
The story was pleasant enough and I might have bought others (on sale) in this series as I am a fibre enthusiast but not with this narrator. I found that she enunciated each word, especially in the dialogue, so much so that I kept thinking she was targeting her reading to a 2 year old. However, I did finish the book so it certainly wasn't the worst narration I've endured.
This was my first John Hart book and certainly not the last although I found the narrator wanting. Elena was not a strong character to begin with but Scott Sowers gave her a whiney voice and what sounded like a Russian accent rather than Spanish which was quite annoying. The rest of the characters were great and the twist and turns the story took all seemed to make sense in the end.
Overall, definitely worth a listen.
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen for what it was - light and fluffy! And the narrator was a treat!!
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