I wish Audible would provide a list of narrators connected to stories, because some of them were awesome while others I felt did a disservice to the story. The narrators of Jim Butcher's and Rachel Caine's stories, for example, were wonderful, but Lori Handeland's narrator lacked rhythm and expression. I kept reworking sentences in my head the way I think the author MEANT for them to sound, and that pulled me out of the story. But in spite of that I think this short story was really good in spite of the mediocre read. And the narrator for Esther M. Friesner, although a good reader, missed his comedic marks fairly often. I think the story would have been a lot funnier had someone else read it. Overall, the book was a nice introduction to the fantasy genre, and I found some authors I will definitely pick up in the future. But I'd really like to avoid some of the narrators, if I could just identify them!
The reader in this series has a good voice and does a nice job with most female voices, up to a point. Her read of the neighbor from India is good, and the main character's "voice" is fine. But she quite often misreads a phrase or expression... to the point where I sometimes repeat a line aloud right after her, stressing it the way I think the author meant it to sound! And her male voices (and one voice of a Lesbian couple, which is read like a man's)... terrible. She just can't carry them off. Because of the last two points, I don't think I'm able to judge the merits of the actual story accurately. I so dislike the male leads-- two of whom are SUPPOSED to be dark and dangerous-- that it throws off the experience. I would love to listen to at least one of the Bibliophile Mystery series read by someone else to see if my impressions change, but they're all by this same reader. If I hadn't spent so much money on the Audible versions I might try reading the books for myself... unfortunately I think I have those bad voices stuck in my head now.
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