I think Cider House is one of Irving's best books. This recording is quite good, but I'd like to hear it redone by one of the top narrators. As is, it's still a perfectly fine recording and you'll probably still enjoy it. However, I think that if they chose to have someone redo it, it has the potential to be one of the best listens out there.
Unfortunately, I bought this one without listening to a narration sample. I was eager to try out Ben Hur, having never read it, but the narration was so poor I couldn't listen to more than the first half hour.
The narrator's rhythm felt unnatural, and hindered the understanding of the story. A good narrator should make the story come clear and alive, not baffling and unpleasant.
Excellently written and narrated, one of my favorites out there. Definitely worth your time!
Audible needs to get the Barbara Rosenblat version of this book -- she is a wonderful narrator and would make this audiobook so much better. Naked Once More, the last in this series is available with Rosenblat's narration -- you can listen to it and understand what I mean!
Elizabeth Peters' books are probably my favorite guilty pleasure.
Elizabeth Peters is at her funny, charming best -- but the narration is terribly disappointing, especially when so many of Peter's books are read by Barbara Rosenblat!
Audible needs to get the whole Kirby series with Barbara Rosenblat as narrator.
Elizabeth Peters writes delightful, funny mystery stories. Naked Once More is solid Peters and quite enjoyable. But what makes it a great listen is the wonderful talent of Barbara Rosenblat. She is one of the top narrators out there, and what a difference she makes!
The other narration option is not nearly as good as this one. Even if you've listened to the rest of the Kirby series with the other narrator -- by all means switch to Rosenblat for this one! I can't recommend Barbara Rosenblat enough.
This audiobook was my first introduction to Patchett, and my favorite so far. The writing is lyrical, the characters captivating, and the narration fits it well. Some other reviewers have criticized the ending. I agree that it's pretty sudden and I would have liked a few more chapters there at the end, but it's nothing to greatly diminish the overall quality of the book.
This is one of the few audiobooks that will go on my best-of-the-best list!
I've listened to several Ann Patchett books, and this is one of my favorites. Great writing, great narration, it is worth your time and book credit.
I've listened to a few other Patchett books--Bel Canto was my favorite, I also liked State of Wonder and The Magician's Assistant. I found The Patron Saint of Liars rather disappointing. Patchett still has a beautiful flow to her writing, but I found the character arcs unsatisfying and the ending was baffling and inconclusive.
Still, it could be your cup of tea, and it's worth a try if you're a Patchett fan. Solid narration.
This was a pretty good story with pretty good narration -- but Ngaio Marsh can't hold a candle to Dorothy Sayers. I tried this out because I adore Sayers, and I don't regret the purchase, but it didn't get me hooked on the series.
I read War and Peace four years ago, decided to revisit it in audio format, and it did not disappoint! Neville Jason is by far the best narrator currently available (try out the others and you will see, I remember at least one of them being downright painful). Neville Jason does quite a good job.
But I have been asking myself -- why don't we have someone as good as Neville Jason reading with an American accent? This is Russian literature. There is no reason that the English translation should only be in a British accent. My favorite audio version of Anna Karenina is also in a British accent. Believe me, I adore listening to British lit in British accents. But like I said, this is Russian lit.
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