The writing is poetic and the images vivid. Characters are interesting and thoughtfully, carefully, gradually revealed. It is a grim story and a grim setting. Very interesting experience of "small city" 1970's China and some of its citizens.
I would not listen to another audiobook narrated by Jackie Chung, however. Her reading is flat--even compared to my own mind's!
Thank you, Audible, for the most wonderful holiday gift. That snowy, icy night in Boston three days ago resulted in a 3 hour commute home for me, and the time was transformed into a joy. God bless the crickets every one!
No. She did a great job with Isabelle Audrey (Scottish). The Italians and Azhar (a Pakistani) all sounded a bit Scottish at times. Her attempt to interpret Barbara Havers' speech, that of a working class Londoner, just plain didn't work. Ms. Porter found her character in Isabel Dalhousie, and she should stick to that.
This was a challenging text to read well and was beyond Porter's linguistic skills.
NO. No, please, NO.
I absolutely recommend this extraordinary audiobook. The book is terrific--it may seem dated to younger readers, and if that's true, I think it's worth recreating the context of 1949. Bradbury's reading is deeply moving. The interview with Bradbury that follows his narration of the story is worth even more.
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