Because the male narration was so awful, this was a book I would have preferred to read.
The book yes, but I would never recommend the audiobook. The male narration was stiff and unnatural, more like reading.
The male narration was so bad I will avoid books narrated by him in the future.
Yes. In fact, I have a few narrators that I will listen to again if I can't find a book of interest and one of those narrators is Simon Prebble.
I think this one, more than the others in the series, had a wonderful culmination of events where secrets were revealed. In this particular story, there were a few surprises I hadn't seen coming and that's always a good thing.
His voice is smooth, not over acted. There are some narrators who disappear as the story unfolds and you are aware of only the story. There are some who are so bland or over acting that you wish for another narrator, any narrator. And then there is Simon Prebble, a narrator whose voice enhances the story. He does any good book justice and he served this one very well.
I hadn't realized how much the narrator brought to this series until I listened to another audio book with a different narrator -- I didn't finish that one. If you've turned away from this series with any other narrator, give this one a try.
Nothing. The interaction between Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy was just awful
No, just other books in what appears to be a potential series
In book form or audiobook, the constant professions of love between Darcy and Elizabeth would turn anyone off. I left the book for a couple of weeks, but the thoughts of going back to listen to it made me ill. Hated it. The mystery was viable, the dialogue between these two characters was sickening. I bought this book because Pride and Prejudice was my favourite book of all time and Lizzy and Darcy my favourite characters. I gave this book every chance for that reason. If the mystery had been more compelling I might have been able to tune out the contact professions of undying love, but maybe not. Remove those professions of love and this book might only be an hour long.
Elizabeth and Darcy.
I can only hope that if this is a series, Elizabeth and Darcy get over the glow of love and start interacting like normal people in that era.
I would recommend this series, however, would suggest the listener start at the beginning of the series. I started at the end and worked my way back. When I got to this narrator I was not willing to listen. The latter books had been performed by Simon Prebble but this narrator's performance was ...well, just frustrating to listen to. It seemed choppy and the narration interfered with the story. However, if I had started listening to this narrator in the beginning and then moved on to Prebble, I would not have had a better narrator to compare this one too. Of course, it is very probably I would not have moved forward to enjoy the rest of the series.
I would have changed nothing about the story.
I don't often complain about a narrator, and I feel I might be unfair in my complaints here. However, if the narration had been slower in places, not as 'excited' or 'animated' in others it would have helped with the flow.
I love this series and am forcing myself to go on with this book. I may yet abandon it. I have over 400 books in my library and have abandoned only two others -- neither because of the narrator.
The story itself was the best part of the experience.
I chose it to go to sleep listening to, but had to stay awake for as long as I could because the story was so good.
Well worth the credit.
I have listened to all he Jack Reacher books, and loved them all. Without Fail is no exception. Contains the usual attention to detail, depth of characters.
For me, the Jack Reacher books aren't complete without Dick Hill as the narrator. I've also started looking for other books with him as a narrator now that I've listened to all of the Jack Reacher novels. The other books narrated by Dick Hill have the same superb performance.
Yes. Love the way the story flowed. Great narration. Love the family, office, community dynamics
Stephanie and her insights into local characters
The 'guy' point of view gets a little tiresome, but the plot is extraordinary yet again. This is the second Virgil Flowers novel for me and I'll get more.
Unfortunately, the relatively good story is overshadowed by a monotone narrator and choppy descriptions. I had read previous reviews and so I knew of the series of one-word descriptions. I bought it anyway. The many descriptions made up of a series of single words did little to allow me to picture a scene and did a lot to add to my impatience with the book. Perhaps reading this book would have been a better option. This is probably the only audio book I have ever regretted purchasing.
This book was amazing and the narrator's voice was perfect for it. The tension in the story built to an amazing end, all the pieces neatly tied up. Keep your tissues handy, though. It is a book I couldn't put down, will never forget, and will listen to over and over again.
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