My grandson is 4.9 years old and listens to this story as often as I will play it. We usually listen to books, in the car and he is spellbound every time. Well read, good inflections, and nice to hear a man's voice doing the reading.
The surprising plot. I was guessing some kind governmental experiment gone bad affecting Mike and his family. I enjoyed Shep's character he was quietly funny, wry, and very matter of fact.
Yes but only when I was about a third of the way through the book. I almost stopped listening after the first couple of chapters but the reviews of the book had been good so I continued on.
The voice of the narrator was the weakest part of the book. It was grating, whiny (instead of angry), and annoying. I put my audio speed on 1.5 to take the edge off.
In the despair, anger, and frustration that the characters suffer in much of this book I loved the "not a hallmark moment" line. My only extreme reaction was the beginning of the book and being frustrated that I paid money to listen to bad narration.
Greg Hurwitz must think publishers pay by the word When I read a book I can skip over the "extras" but that's not an option with an audio book. I did bump up the speed of the reading just to get things moving. When I got to the scene when Dodge and William have Mike I increased the speed to 2.5 just to get past the never-ending scene.
I might, just to hear the narration by Julia Whelan.
Abigail/Elizabeth. She didn't have sloppy emotions, didn't whine, and did what she needed to do without getting wordy about it. I like her matter of fact and logical way of thinking.
Her voice for Abigail and the tones and inflections to reflect her "Mr Spock" way of speaking was wonderful and realistic without being annoying. I could not have done it as well "in my head".
When I get ahold of a book with a interesting plot and a good narrator I would go all day listening if I get the opportunity. This was one of those books.
Norah Roberts books can be a little foo-foo for me but after reading "The Witness" I will check out the plots on her past and new books.
The narrator did a very good job. It's interesting how some of the male narrators are able to pull off the female voices. I don't know when Michael Koryta wrote this book, he needs a little more seasoning.
The book kept me interested. I would get up early in the morning to listen as I got ready for work but was disappointed toward the end. It became a little repetitive and the ending was abrupt and not very satisfying.
I haven't heard his other perfomances but he's a plus for audible books.
Yes, if only to hear the violin music.
Absolutley. The narrations by different people nailed it.
The glorious unfolding of the story. The feeling being in Mississippi and being a part of history. The story line wasn't a "pity me" but how women, good or bad, did what had to be done.
Stuart's dad. I think he could be saved.
The book is so much better and richer than the movie.
Bad narration and an adolescent, immature plot. There were many good reviews about the book and I listened to the first five hours thinking it would have to get better. If the author was hoping to flatter the author of the "Twilight" by imitating the characters, Bella and Edward, she miserably failed. This was fifty shades of bad.
A teenage Helena Bonham Carter
All of them. It would have made for a better plot
Story kept me guessing and involved. Date of setting had me looking information about Ireland for this time period
Accent of narrator, description of scenes, historical references. Good tight plot.
My first book, I would read more from this author.
A good man in a bad situation
I read this series about 4 years ago and laughed out loud through the first 3 or 4 books. After that it became the same plot and stopped at number 8. I saw the move and thought I would give the audio version a try and was very disappointed. The voice for the narrator was just not right and did not fit the description of the main character.
I almost did not buy this book but wanted some light reading. Quite disappointed and should have paid more heed to the reviews. The author has promise but needs to tighten up her writing. I plan to watch for more of her books and see how they do.
I have always enjoyed reading James Lee Burke's novels, this is the first of his that I have listened to and it increases the appreciation I have for audio books. This story paints a picture over and over with with each line, rich in color, design, and emotion. The narration is well done with the characters unique in voice, timbre, and inflection. I would find myself slowing down on my drive home from work to continue listening to narrator weaving his story like a blanket filled with texture, dark threads, and heat. You are there in New Orleans, the dark wet humid heat and cool relief of the rain. The colors and vibrations of this story are vivid and alive. Not a book for a sunny day on the beach, carve out time when you can truly enjoy Mr. Burke's story and Mr. Patton's telling of it.
I read the series years ago and wanted to get the library in audio format. Enjoyed the first book (Outlander), well read, appreciated the accents, and I learned how to pronounce many of the Scottish words that I skipped over in the book. Dragonfly in Amber covers a three year period and sometime it felt like it would take three years to listen to it. Didn't realize how verbose Ms. Gabaldon could be. Sometime the story dragged and I can do without the references to the first book. I know that story and didn't need a repeat. I am getting ready to start on book #3 (Voyager), may be the deciding factor if I continue the rest of the series.
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