I have very much enjoyed listening to the Deborah Crombie series as narrated by Michael Deehy. The new narrator's reading is so slow, with little differentiation among emotions and characters, that I could not listen longer than an hour. Crombie is a good writer and it's a shame to have her work distorted in this way.
Bartolomeo deCrespi - New Jersey interior decorator, devoted brother and uncle, Italian-American, devout Catholic - dreams of restoring his beloved church, Our Lady of Fatima. The narration by Stephen Hoye was perfect in conveying the heart and soul of this man, his family, and his community. The depiction of religious faith was appealing without being either contentious or evangelical - unusual in today's opinionated culture. Light-hearted entertainment at its best.
Every time I began listening to this narrator, I fell asleep. I tried several times to get through the beginning of the story and finally gave up. I then started at a random spot further along, hoping to find a change in narration based on a change in characters, but there was no improvement. The narrator's reading is a grating monotone, as annoying as fingernails on a chalkboard. I believe the narrator developed this voice as appropriate to the story, a hard voice reflective of hard times, but it did not work. I like Dickens but am sorry I spent my money on this performance.
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