I don't agree with the criticism of the reader - I found him to be very good, allowing me to hear the story without always being aware of the voice. He does quite well with the accents, too. The story is complicated, but kept my interest the whole time. Definitely worth the credit!!
I've read and re-read this book, I had never listened to it, so I tried it as an experiment. WOW, it came alive a whole different way for me! I expected (a little) to be disappointed, but the narrator was super, and even though I knew the ending, I was hooked right through. Glad I used a credit for it!
I thought this was a very good narration, despite the other reviews disparaging the audio. True, there was a kind of echo (oddly, sometimes repeating and other times, anticipating the reading), hence the four-star, but it didn't take long to disregard it. I had not previously read any le Carre, and was astonished at the sophisticated writing. The narrator contributed to the delightfulness of this, since the writing is often tinged with irony or sarcasm; he is NOT plummy, but rather just a bit snooty. All in all, well worth the time and credit!
I didn't get far with this one. The narrator had such a nasal voice that I had to get it off my iPod. I have a lot of audible titles but this is one of the few that was a waste of a credit.
Not only is it a really good story, the narration was excellent. Not just for kids. I have more of Neil Gaiman's work in my wish list already!
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