I've read this book, and it is awesome! Imagine my surprise to find the recorded book to be one of the worst books I have ever listened to. There is no emotion, the narrator is speed reading in a monotone, and fails to even acknowledge punctuation. Even as a "free" read, this isn't worth keeping it's that bad. Opinions vary of course....so your mileage might vary.
I received this audio book around Christmas time. Life was exceptionally busy and the book was not very long, so I thought I would give it a try.
I was pleasantly surprised at not only the story line but also the narration. It was well done, and I was able to lose myself in the story. I would recommend The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle to anyone who enjoys Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
This is a book that I really liked when I read it myself, and I like it even better in Audio. The narrator is exceptional, and his gritty voice adds feeling and assorted depths to the characters feelings, thoughts and words.
I first heard this particular audio book years ago through my local library. It played on the cassette player while I painted my children's bedrooms one lovely spring weekend. I found it to be even more enjoyable now, than it was all those years ago.
Reading others reviews, I noticed several people saying that they did not like the music that either ends or starts at the beginning of some of the chapters. I would have to agree with the masses and say that the music is nerve-wracking and akin to someone running their fingernails down a chalkboard. The music is like commercials on TV in that it is much louder than the book, lending even more annoyance to the moment. Without the music, which I am sure was intended to prod ones nerves, the book would be without a doubt, one of my all time favorites.
I considered lowering the performance rating because of the music, however, I did not want to deny the narrator his well deserved 5 star performance rating.
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