I'm sure the story will turn out to be fine, but Ron McLarty is one of my favorite narrators! What were they thinking by adding another narrator to one of his books??? and a horrible female voice too. Yikes. It was bad enough the last book when they added all the squealing tires and gun shot sound effects (hated those) but this is a slap in the face. Mr. McLarty you don't deserve this. Hachette! wake up and quit ruining good books. There are a few great narrators around. Ron McLarty is one of them (others are Davinia Porter, Simon Prebble, Scott Brick, Simon Winchester, Barbara Rosenblatt, C J Critt, just to name a few) Quit trying to gimmick your audio books! We're sold already, leave good enough alone... and get rid of all the music and sound effects. Whatever 20something who decided to screw this up should be sacked... even though they are probably a very nice person. Sheesh.
a wonderful story, and well narrated. Just finished listening and will listen again. A weird comment on the narration though.... although I thought the narration was really well done... there is a character that sounds just like Burt Lancaster in Field of Dreams, one that sounds like Jimmy Stewart and one that sounds like George W. Bush : ) .... all of which fits the characters, and kind of makes it even more fun. As a person who listens to LOTS of audio books, this was a first for me though.
I highly recommend both the story and the narration.
I listened to this book after seeing the movie. The book is much better and explains interesting details more than the movie does, even though I really liked the movie. Great narration and a lovingly told story. I do wish it was longer or that there is going to be a sequel or pre-quel of some kind. The whole concept is easy to get caught up in... what would you save, what would you do....
wow. I listened to Blackout and All Clear back to back and loved them both. I neglected to say in my review for Blackout how wonderful the narrator is. I listen to a lot of audio books and she is one of the best I have ever heard. She made the characters (especially the children) and the story come very much alive. I highly recommend both of these books. It was a real pleasure to listen to them. Thank you Ms. Willis.
Well... I had downloaded this book some time ago, in spite of the bad reviews, and because of those reviews didn't listen to it for months. Now that I have listened to it, I feel silly for waiting. Perhaps the people who didn't like it hadn't listened to her other books? I thought it was great. I was totally into the characters and couldn't stop listening. Granted, I knew going in that it was a first part of two books and since I just finished it, the second part is already available and I am starting to listen to All Clear right away. I think Connie Willis is a great writer and I want to go back and listen to her other books again. If you liked Doomsday and To Say Nothing About the Dog, you will like this book too. Don't put too much stock into the bad reviews.
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