This was a remarkably entertaining and relaxing read. Well read, and it did not overly tax my (admittedly high) tolerance of whimsy. Really, who can resist a murderous vicar?
The story's interesting, but not compelling enough to overpower the narrator's machine-like preformance. She seems to be working so hard to pronounce every letter of every word that she is rather expressionless. She also either misreads from time to time, or simply ploughs through obvious typos, which leads me to believe that she is not paying as much attention to the context or plot as she is to the individual words. This method of reading may be efficient -- I'll bet there are very few breaks or repeats required -- but seems little different than being read to by a machine.
I remember, years ago, finding Dune hard to get into and hard to stick with -- it's one LONG book, not to say interminable. This version is one of the best performances I've heard on Audible. It brought me through the book smoothly, allowed me to enjoy the details (did you know that the cone of silence in Get Smart is a clever reference to this book?) and made Dune absolutely riveting. The performers gave depth to the rather stylized characters and plots and let me thoroughly enjoy the book. Nice work.
The plot was rather more convoluted than necessary, but well executed and well read. I like the protagonists, who were rather less characterized than in the previous book, but I remain interested in seeing where they go next.
I fell asleep in the first 15 minutes and seem to have missed an hour of narrative. I went back, but I don't seem to have missed much. The narrator reads VVVEEEEEERRRRRYYYY slowly, almost as if it is an old tape that stretched, and her voice lacks character. It goes up and down in the appropriate spots, but that's not all there is to expression. The pitch changes convey nothing.
I've never considered previewing the narration to be important, as, while some narrators are better than others, I had not (until now) run across one I couldn't listen to. Be warned! I do not expect to finish this book, and plan to see if there's a way to return it and get another.
As for the book itself, who knows? Thinking back to the content so far, I would say that it's rather mediocre but not offensive, and, as in Elsie Dinsmore or Tom Swift, things will happen. Sdaly, I feel no compulsion to find out. This narrator does the author no favors.
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