I was really looking forward to this thriller, having had my eye on the book since it was published in paperback, but I think the narrator, George Guidall, really killed this audiobook. He is a very experienced narrator of audiobooks and I have listened to and enjoyed other books he's narrated (including at least one Jodi Picoult) very much, but he just wasn't right for this spy novel. I had to stop listening about half-way through because his over-inflections really made it impossible for me to concentrate on the plot. What I look for in an audiobook is a narrator who fits perfectly with the story so that you feel you are almost reading the book yourself, but George Guidall introduced far too many of his own accents in the wrong places and I was very disappointed.
Finty William's narration is pitch perfect - you can tell she has the skill of her mother, Judy Dench - and I love this book by Sophie Dahl. Based on her own early life, this story is engaging and fun with fascinating characters who I looked forward to finding out more about when I wasn't listening to this book. I loved it! Five stars.
This would be one of my favourite audbiobooks so far. The narration is outstanding - BIll Wallis is pitch perfect as all the characters, especially Pettigrew - and the story is warm and engaging. I found myself thinking about the characters and what they would do next when I wasn't listening to the book. I can't recommend this audiobook highly enough.
This is the second Nick Hornby audiobook I have listened to (the other was 'Slam') and I have absolutely loved both. The narration here is flawless and suits the novel perfectly. This audiobook lived up to what I have come to expect from Nick Hornby - funny, witty, sad and very engaging.
I absolutely loved this audiobook. The narrator was absolutely perfect for this book, told from the perspective of a single woman, and I was completely gripped from start to finish. I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough. Five stars.
To be fair, I don't think I would have enjoyed this book in its written form either as I found (in particular) the little girl who is the main character very irritating. The narration was ok, I think - the book was the problem.
This would be one of my favorite audiobooks that I've listened to. The novel was tight and well-written, a brilliant spy thriller that kept you guessing which traversed several countries and several decades of history. The narration by Jot Davies was absolutely perfect. I loved this audiobook and couldn't wait to keep listening to it. 5 stars.
I would recommend this audiobook 100%. It's the first time I've read or listened to a Ben Elton novel and it made me think, was very entertaining and funny, and the narration was pitch perfect. 5 stars.
This was a terrific audiobook adaptation of this novel. I learnt so much about the Geisha (about which I knew very little beforehand) and pre-war Japanese culture and thought the narration complemented the book perfectly.
I love Sebastian Faulks' novels and I have both read other novels of his and listened to other audiobooks written by him which I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved his novels 'Charlotte Gray' and 'Birdsong', and I loved the audiobook of 'A Week in December'. I also quite enjoyed the audiobooks of 'Girl in the Lion D'Or' and 'Human Traces'. But the character in 'Engelby' was so dark and disturbed that I couldn't persist with this audiobook. The narration was probably fine, although I found the lisping cockney accent a bit annoying after a while, but the character of Engleby himself was so mentally unstable and isolated and weird (and he is the sole narrator in this book, so especially as an audiobook you feel yourself being drawn into his mindset which is a bit unsettling) that I couldn't finish this book. I wouldn't recommend it.
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