Torotno, ON, Canada | Member Since 2004
This was hugely disappointing. The reader sounds like someone who reads the listening tests on ESL tapes, i.e. totally grating and annoying, with no real warmth or emotion. Not to mention the story itself stinks. The protagonists are irritatingly self-satisfied in their intellectual superiority and characterization is broad and obvious or paper thin. I am really surprised at the success this book has been having, but I suppose if you market anything the right way it will do well.
No, I think I prefer the print version.
This book is unique and creative. I've never read anything like it! I would suggest this book if you love Cirque do Soleil and the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde. The descriptions of the different tents are like jewels or some kind of amazing chocolate that you want to read again and again!
I think he was the wrong reader for this book. He only does three voices and they are always variations on a wheezy sounding older West Country British voice or a Scottish one. He didn't even try to do the appropriate accents for the characters and his voice always sounds worried for some reason, even in the scenes that shouldn't have been in that tone.
I think a better choice would have been to pick a young American woman to read, after all the main character Celia Bowen is a young American woman from New York. Bailey is from Conchord, Massecheutts. Chandresh LeFeve is French, Madam Padva is Russian and Sukiko is Japanese. The only character who should definitely sound British is Marco.But he should be read by a younger person, being young too, and he grows up in London. Dale doesn't even do a proper Londoner accent. I have no idea why he chose to read the Murray twins with thick Scottish accents other than the fact that they are described as having red hair!
I think a truly gifted voice actor could have a lot of fun with these different voices. Another solution would be to use two voice actors, one female for Celia and one male for Marco and Bailey. I often found Dale's voice distracting, especially when he read for the female characters .
I think he was just chosen because of his association with the Harry Potter books which also contain "magical" subject matter.
There were so many wonderful scenes it is hard to pick just one! The part when Marco and Celia were dancing and he was wearing a green mossy colour and it started to creep into the colour of her dress until they were both the same colour was fantastic. All the descriptions of the different tents and the food were wonderful too. I loved the parts with Frederich Tiesen and revers and the making of the clocks and Celia's early lessons in the magic arts with her father. It was all such a beautiful, magical experience. The themes expounded upon in the novel show a rich understanding of the human heart and a great generosity of spirit. After reading this book, you feel like you would like to know the author just to find out who could come up with something so wonderful! I truly believe that the best writers put something beautiful into the world and this book is all about characters trying to put out something new and lovely into the world despite their circumstances. I love how Marco and Celia transform what is a cruel battle of the wills set in motion by their respective teachers into an occasion to make marvels that add magic and wonder to people's lives. I think everyone should experience this book, especially if they are a fan of circuses and magic and wish to awaken the sense of wonder inside themselves.
I've really been enjoying listening to the audiobok version of
It was overlong, with no punch at the end.
Sometimes the emotion of the reader didn't seem to match the character's emotion she was preforming.
The readers for this book really brought it to life. I really liked the use of different narrators for the different characters. You felt they were really performing the characters like in a film or play, rather than just reading. They injected real emotion into the different women. It is an excellent book just to read on your own, but the narrators here make it all the more wonerful. This is what all audio books should be like!
How did this ever get to be a classic? It is one of the dullest books I've ever heard. While the descriptions are beautiful, absolutely nothing happens for ages and ages and then nothing continues happening, just long description after long description.
This is a really excellent story, one of Phillip Marlowe's best outings in my opinion. Elliott Gould makes an excellent Marlowe. His voice conveys the perfect mix of sensitivity and toughness that makes Chandler's private eye the real deal.
Great narrator! Exciting story.
Great stories with really excellent narrators! A must for any fan of the new series or old or just anyone who likes science fiction.
This is a terrific and funny book. It had me laughing out loud. The reader has an amusing British voice and charming manner. The Dorian Gray used car lot is hysterical!
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