The story is OK, and I'm pretty sure I would like it much better if I had read it myself.
The narrator destroys this entirely. She adopts this voice for the main character that's coarse, old, and ignorant sounding. She seems to have no real idea where to put emphasis. She mispronounces things. She tries to put what I assume she feels is 'drama' into the performance and it's really amateurish and stilted.
The main character is supposed to be a bright younger woman and this read makes you think she's crabby old trash. Other characters, while read poorly, don't all sound so plain old coarse so I don't get it. Maybe she's trying to give her a hard-bitten edge? Baaaaad.
I have not checked but I hope to heaven the other books in the series are read by someone else.
It's maybe a little cliche. However, the narration really gets in the way of fair judgement.
It just needs someone else entirely. Narration is not for everyone.
I think the premise is good, and could develop well over time.
Atherton yes, IF and only if not narrated by Linden.
Literally anyone. Part of narration is knowing how to pronounce words properly and understanding where and how to place emphasis. This narrator does not even understand the basic difference between when one says the word "a" as a long a or a short a.
I'm not quite clear whether she actually understands English because the emphasis is completely wrong in virtually every sentence. Bill sounds as though he has some sort of affliction. awful, horrible terrible.
The story is a nice little cozy. Comfort reading. Destroyed entirely by the narration in this case.
There are a lot of parents out there with 3rd graders who could use the extra cash - please hire one of their kids to read the next one, It will be a step up.
I enjoyed the story and went on to listen to the others.
The narrator was...I feel like she just didn't have an idea who these characters were. Her voice for Beatrice was just baaaad. She sounded very trashy, and ill-bred. It was horribly jarring. Some of the accents were ok, and others were strange. The Italian was pretty overdone I thought, to the point of being distracting. The villain's voice was goofy rather than menacing and when I went to the kindle copy to read it, the voices in my head made the characters and even the story so much more appealing that even though I love the convenience of the audiobook, I kind of think the narrator wrecked the story a little for me.
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