Recipe for a perfect audiobook: a mind bogglingly good book mixed with an amazing narrator. There is no way to over recommend On the Jellicoe Road. If you are in doubt, please give it a chance. You will not regret it. I loved every minute.
While this story is classic SEP, the loss of the wonderful Anna Fields hits home. Don't get me wrong, Shannon Cochran is very good. But when you're used to perfection, even very good is disappointing.
I tried to like this book and the first half was pretty good. However, the ridiculous disintegration of the rationality of both the plot and characters left me cold. The redeeming aspect of this audio book is Emma Galvin’s brilliant narration. If you can stomach a seemingly smart protagonist who devolves in a horribly dysfunctional relationship, this book is for you. Additionally, there some glaring grammatical errors that bugged the hell out of me. As the first part of the book was alright, I gave the plot 2 stars. Emma Galvin’s performance brought the overall grade to three stars. It was the only thing that kept me listening to the last half of the book.
This book is too amazing to dissect in to “love best” bits. I loved it all.
Kate Rudd is hands down one of the best audio book narrators I have ever listened to. She She captures the moments of great emotion as well as the subtle nuances with absolute perfection. Again, I can't single out a particular character. She does male, female, adult and adolescent voices with equal flawlessness.
There are so many positive reviews that I almost didn't write one. I didn't feel there was any additional need to attempt to persuade anyone of the fence that this book is sooooo worth it. But, it is so wonderful that I needed to be a part of the chorus of praise.
The book is pretty good, but narration is almost unbearable – especially the male and adult voices. The only reason I finished the audiobook was to justify the purchase. I would have given the book a higher rating if the narration was not so bad.
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