I loved reading this series--I was riveted by the characters and the concepts of the universe Hunter created. The story is smart--great references to religion, art, literature, history--and passionate without being weighed down by long, detailed sex scenes.
The series requires the narrator to produce a huge range of voices--accents range from Italian, to Welsh, to Irish, to Chinese, to Mexican-Spanish, to Brazilian--old people, young people, male, female, high class, low class. I am getting used to Dina Pearlman as narrator--some voices she gets just fine--but she mispronounces words at times. Sometimes a character's voice falls flat (Pearlman's natural tone seems to be a bit flat and twangy).
So, I'm disappointed in the narration, but I do not consider the credit wasted.
Laurie R. King makes 1920s Paris alive in this story of Harris Stuyvesant's search for young Pip Crosby. He follows Pip's trail through amusement parks, coffee shops, bookstores, an eccentric aristocratic mansion, a taxidermist's lab, and the gut-wrenching experience of the Theatre du Grand Guignol. Jefferson Mays's narration communicates the sounds, sights, and smells of a wide range of settings and characters. Mays gives voice to King's masterful storytelling. Dare we all hope that we'll hear and read more about Harris Stuyvesant? I do!
As much as like the character of Atticus, I fell in love with this series because of Oberon, and I'm not even a dog person. The narrator does an excellent job creating the voices of the characters. Engaging story.
Rob Inglis's narration is clear and crisp with characters finely enunciated--from the individual dwarfs to Bilbo, from Gandalf to the spiders and the dragon! This reading is better than any dramatization (although there are some good ones) because it combines the best of narration with the value of the unabridged text. Inglis also sings the poetry--haunting and stirring melodies performed beautifully. In a way, Inglis paints the text vocally in the manner that Alan Lee painted the text visually. I am thrilled that audible has made the recordings of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series available in the US. Worth every penny/credit!!
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