First of all, I read the book before I listened to the audiobook and the book is great. However, the narrator is only ok, bordering on bad, for the following reasons:
1. her voice sounds a bit whiny, which gets annoying
2. she tries to add inflections to her voice, probably to indicate emotions, but it just makes the main character sound abosolutely silly and ridiculous.
3. The voice she used for Jim is absolutely awful. Part of Jim's charm is the sarcastic tone in which he delivers his lines. She uses a voice that makes him sound like a clown, rather than sarcastic. I don't think she really understands.
4. Whenever the author switches to Jim's voice, she pauses and you can hear her suck spit into her mouth and swallow it. Disgusting and very distracting.
5. You can constantly hear the author swallowing and she pauses for long stretches of time at the wrong moments.
6. Her accents are bad. The most egregious one is what is supposed to be her English accent, which is one of the easiest ones to do. Hers, on the other hand, sounds like an Indian accent, rather than an English one.
Overall, not a good choice on narrator, although she's a little better for the Silver Dragons series, although the voices she chooses for the supporting characters still aren't good. Jim's voice just drives me nuts.
I love this series and read it before I ever listened to it. The stories are always interesting and the characters amusing.
The narrator is ok. Her voice isn't very annoying, although she doesn't have much of an Australian accent. It would have been better if they had stuck with Justine Eyre, who narrated the first book in the series and has a voice more akin to the one I picture for Riley. She also has a stronger accent.
Other than that, this audiobook is really good and I highly recommend it.
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