This book was a real treat. Brenden Frazer's narration was the best of many great Audible voices: more of a performance than just a reading. I loved Lynn Redgrave's voice in Inkheart, but was not troubled in the least by the change of narrators. Frazer brought this wonderful fantasy to life in a voice worthy of being called 'Silvertongue'. Bravo.
Editing this book to half its length would benefit it tremendously. About one third of the way through I began listening at 1.25 speed. One half of the way through I upped it to 1.5 speed. Threw in the towel three fourths of the way through when I realized I had lost any emotional connection to the story. I can't remember a novel I've read recently that was so blatantly overwritten. What a shame. Could have been awesome.
It's been a long time since I've read a book this strong. It will be a favorite. And the voices of the narrators are perfect in the portrayals of their characters. I've always been a fan of Alice Hoffman, but this one is by far her best yet. Don't miss it.
I could never immerse myself in the story. The overly dramatic narration was tedious and distracting.
This narrator has a bad habit of leaving long tedious pauses between sentences.......(pause)...........Very distracting.........(pause).........Very annoying..........(pause).........Interesting content, but I quit listening...........(pause)..........I couldn't take it any more.
Please, please, please, listen to the sample before you buy this book. The wooden, self-conscious narration threatens to suck the very life from this story. I am a big Richard Russo fan, but, unfortunately, I have not been able to get past the awkward reading and feel like I'm forcing myself to continue. What a disappointment.
Unfortunately, the the narrator reads every direct quote in some goofy accent. I found this extremely distracting. All the way through I just kept wishing he'd cut it out.
Soooo tired of the propaganda. Gave it up with two and a half hours to go. If being part of the vast machine means being able to escape this tedium, sign me up.
Chris Bohjalian doesn't trust her readers to "get it." Every move her characters makes is followed by explaining and explaining and explaining. Tiresome. Sorry I bought it.
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