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!
Well, I hadn't listened to many female narrators; I am hooked on George Guidall, and Iove the Le Carré Smiley books by Frederick Davidson, and David Aaron Baker's Odd Thomas. Then I listened to the first Royal Spyness mystery, and I thought "wow", very quietly and with some reverence. "This woman
can really read you a book!" After I searched Audible by narrator, I discovered Jacky Faber and her adventures. The stories are really good - while demanding a large suspension of disbelief - but Katie Kellgren makes them PERFECT. I have listened to all but this one (ah, farewell, Mr Meyer) but I am listening to them all once again before I have to come to the end of the story. And as I expected, the narration alone let me hear more this time than the last.
With printed books I have always been a re-reader;(Susan Howatch, Thomas Costain, Steven King, Mary Stewart, Dick Francis) and I find with audiobooks it is just the same. Sometimes I read 'em again right away, sometimes I need to let a year go by. Not this time...Jacky Faber was so wonderful I think I did the "3 extra credits" thing three times running! A HUGE part of this devotion is due directly to this wonderful narrator.
Just think: Cockey (actually more Michael Caine, which is kinda complicated), upper-class English, Irish, Scots, American, southern American, American-accented French, better French, Spanish, Russian, German, Jamaican accents...and ALL believable...not to mention rather lovely singing of sea-shanties and folk songs of all kinds (in soprano, tenor, baritone, child, and male and female ranges - WOW again).
Whew! The stories are really neat, but Katie Kellgren as a narrator leaves me breathless ( or speechless). I would buy an audiobook just on her name as narrator. Don't miss this series!
PS But George Guidall, dear, you will always be first in my heart (and ears)...
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!
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!!
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