Perhaps the narration was supposed to fit the emotionally challenged main character's psyche but it was so wooden that even that fit is in question to me. Just not interesting even when the story is pretty good.
Many phrases were translated for the listener in the accompanying paragraphs but not all. That was annoying. But more annoying was the obsession that developed with the online dating. Not quite what the summary promised. Still the author captured the life of the divorcee in the small details and the audio was true to that in tone.
Production error with a repeated sentence somewhere around chapter 9. Narrator lost her accent and voice of the character once or twice. But on whole did a creditable job.
Finally - a southern story with a true southern drawl, narration is well done. The tone is just right for a young high school drop out and the writing is enhanced by Allison McLemore's inflection and emphases. There was only one time close to the end when I could not distinguish the fact that the main character was thinking to herself rather than talking out loud.
Love the premise that the best place for zombies to work are funeral homes and morgues. Of course!
Love the way Davina Porter takes this little story and makes it into something worth listening to. Sets up the series in a very strong manner with the Duke gets the girl out of the kitchen. What's in #2?
References to "romance novels" and cliched plot but delivered in a moderately interesting manner. Poor girl marries icy rich childhood friend in a "business deal" that gives her money to save her parents' home and allows him to gain full control of his architectural firm.
This medieval series has a great narrator in Paul Boehmer. He captures the different nuances of the voices he uses so well that you have a great mental picture of the characters. Story is strong with lots of action spread throughout the story and with the type of flawed characters that make it so interesting. You are rooting for Fitz to succeed even though his missions are to poison select figures who have been determined to threaten the kingdom of the six Duchies. Good start.
I know everyone is crazy about this author but I am having a hard time adjusting to his style of constant digressions and over analyzed situations. The funny thing is, I believe the narrators pull the novel off better than I could have done reading it in print form. Still it is a LONG book and you become extremely impatient to get somewhere, anywhere, in this 1Q84 world. The absolutely matter-of-fact tone of the narrators for the sex scenes is actually very funny in its own way. Lots of sex and adult situations may make some listeners uncomfortable.
If you decide to listen to this be ready to commit for an awful lot of gym sessions or some long commutes to get it done.
Author narrators are not usually too great. Libba Bray does a very good job with her book as a narrator, she just did not excel as an author this time. Great idea but too many characters to keep straight. Too many plot lines that peter out, too many characters who are shallow stereotypes in a book that is supposedly celebrating girls who do not fit the beauty queen stereotype. Funny spots make it bearable and the sex humor makes it senior high.
Excellent British accent for the narration of an understated, humorous, and poignant novel of adult relationships. The Major with all his flaws and strengths is a wonderfully deep character whose tone and wit are beautifully brought to life by Peter Altschuler. Highly recommend. I smiled my way through the gym workouts with this one.
The werewolf idea has been overused but that is not the problem with this story, which is light and fluffy and OK in many ways. The problem is a narrator who is pretending to be a twenty-something from the deep south, specifically Mississippi, without a Southern accent. Nada. The accent is referred to in the text at least three times but it is totally missing. The male voices are Ok, although not inspired, and the voice of Alaskan natives are Ok accent-wise but very similar. Narrator just brings this nice, mediocre novel down.
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