I enjoyed this book, but felt it borrowed too heavily from John Le Carre's The Little Drummer Girl in tone, plot and style.
I am about to tear out my hair because this audiobook is so poorly written and narrated. The author's method of "imagining" what her characters "must have" seen, thought, and felt is very distracting and certainly undermines her credibility. Similarly, she goes over the same information many times...WHY?? The narrator, Susan Erickson, makes the experience of listening to the book even more painful by coming to a full stop before each French name or word and then s l o w l y pronouncing it phonetically. AWFUL! TERRIBLE!
I had hoped to be entertained by this book, but found it to be tedious, and gave up about half-way through. The plot and the characters were thin and uninteresting. Two thumbs down.
I love this book, but why an American narrator was chosen for this recording eludes me!! Don't buy the audio version, but definitely read the book!
It was very painful to force myself to listen to this TERRIBLE narrator. Audible REALLY needs to get a different version of this for fans of the series. The worst reader I've ever experienced, and I have over 300 books in my audible library!
I am a frequent audible listener, and am not overly picky, but I feel I must warn people away from this terrible selection. I found the narrator's voice to be flat and extremely inflectionless - is was almost as if she was told to read the story with as little energy as possible. Furthermore, the story is just plain boring. The plot plods along, the characters are not developed, and besides a few chapters about how girls' feet were bound, not even really informative. Let the buyer beware.
This was just awful, completely unbelievable, gratuitously violent, inaccurate to the max in its descriptions of how psychologists work (I know because I AM a psychologist). I am not squeemish but this was the first audio book I've listened to that I ended up quitting before it was over.
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