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!
I love Mark Twain. Huckleberry Finn is one of his finest creations. I'll take it on faith that Elijah Wood does a fine job on discriminating among dialects. To me, this is one deadly "performance" of Mark Twain.
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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