This is my 3rd Bill Bryson book and I'm dreading the day I run out of titles. Bryson is an engaging travel companion, with lots of interesting background about the places he's visiting, not to mention an always lively commentary on the places he's passing through. Having an author with a good voice reading his own work is a plus, and Bryson's voice is easy to listen to, conversational, often quite understated and wry.
You'll be glad this version is unabridged and feel as if you, too, were leaving Australia and a good friend behind when it ends.
Scott Brick has the whiny, urgent, at-the-end-of-my-rope voice down pat. It perfectly fit this overly long and unbelievable story. By the end of the book I was thoroughly sick of Jake, and hoped that when he found Natalie she'd permanently put him out of his misery. Meh...
First 10 chapters: exciting
Next 36 chapters: really really boring, coupled with more than the usual snarky John Corey commentary, a recipe for tediousness...
Last few chapters: A crack ATTF officer being an idiot.
Plus, the usually superb Scott Brick being not superb.
I would. The narrator is every bit as bad as everyone else claims. Lispy, and he sounds like he might be 11 or 12 years old.
He's not Spenser, not Hawk and not even particularly good. Do yourself a favor and buy the book, then pray they put Joe Mantegna back to work on the next one!
I listened to the whole thing, although I figured most of it out well before the end. And I guess I cared enough about the characters to want to know what happened.
But, this is a mishmash of a whole lot of things, Dickens characters, a "serialized" format, Victorian/Edwardian meandering and wordy stories, books within books (Eliza's fairy tales). In the end I had the feeling that the author didn't know what she wanted this book to be when it grew up.
If you have lots of time, are looking for a leisurely, slow-paced story, with lots of words, this is the novel for you. If you're more the action/instant gratification type, check for an abridged version.
...then this book is a pretty good mystery. Why they chose to do the main characters (all Italian) with REALLY bad Italian accented English is beyond me, maybe because there were one or two English speaking characters?
I do plan to keep up with the series, but will probably read the rest.
of Sue Henry's mysteries, but it was made doubly disappointing by the narrator, whose voice was grating and pronunciation stilted. Listen to a sample before you download to see if her voice is as unpleasant to you as it was to me.
I think the reader was channelling Fran Drescher when she decided what a Bostonian should sound like. What were the producers thinking?
If you can ignore the accent then the story is worthwhile.
The story was entertaining, but I think the author was being paid by the word...
Her voice is grating, really annoying. The phrasing is choppy, filled with confusing pauses. Very often it sounds as if she's reading this for the first time. This was my first audio recording of the Deborah Knott series, and if she's going to continue to narrate them, I'm going back to the books.
Go for the abridged version. As one reviewer said, this was an 8 hour book stretched to 32. The story is not interesting enough and the characters not engaging or sympathetic enough to warrant this much of your time, unless, of course, you have nothing better to do like 19th century ladies and gentlemen of leisure.
The end is a really not worth wading through all those pages. It sort of just finishes, in a vague sort of way.
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