This is a great book, not a great audiobook. I read this book twice and decided that it would be fun to listen to it in my spare time since I loved it so much, bad mistake. The narrator is the worst narrator I have ever heard. ever. This is an emotional book and he puts no emotion into it. The characters all sound the same and when someone is dying and yelling at their enemy he reads the same as if they were talking to a friend. He does do a good job pronouncing names but this in no way makes up for how horrible he did with everything else. the narrator manages to make a book that is so intense and exciting come off as such a boring book. sometimes you dont even understand what is going on because of how horrible it is read. I hope that they decide to make another version read by someone that can put emotion into characters. If you really want to enjoy battle royale just pick up the hard copy of the book, it is so much better.
I will first start out with saying that Steven Weber ties with Frank Muller for me for my favorite narrator. Steven Weber makes these characters come to life! I find myself wanting to listen to it again just because I enjoyed his narration so much.
That aside, the story is also amazing, king does such a great job in capturing how children think. I found myself laughing at some of the things that were said or the way they would think because I thought that same thing when I was a kid. It is a great story, some parts are disturbing but that comes with the territory. Don’t let the 45 hours scare you away from this great book, Steven Weber makes it go by like a cool summer breeze, and when it is over you find yourself wanting more.
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