Professional, but uninformed. Hillary Huber provides good voice characterizations, but has clearly not spent much time in Atlanta. It pained me to hear her mispronounce VERY well known places like Dekalb and Chamblee. The un-Atlanta pronunciation was further evidenced in words like Valdosta and even the word skirmish was bizarre, pronounced "skymarsh". Not all southern accents are the same and I am sure the narrator knows this. I think Ms |Huber researches pronunciation, but clearly did not do enough checking for this Atlanta based series.
I listened to this on my drive home from work. Entertaining story even though references were a bit dated. Overall it was an enjoyable way to unwind. I only wish the narration had been better.
Proof readers edit misspelling ( among other things) in written text. Who edits the mispronunciations in audio versions?
No. It had overlapping layers in story-line, so I wanted to take more time with it. In addition, I enjoyed looking up some of the historical locations/events mentioned throughout.
This was my first listen of the magazine's audio version. While I really appreciated being able to finish The New Yorker as I drove, I found the choice of narrator for Tad Friend's article about Andrew Stanton absolutely inappropriate and annoying. It was so bad that I had to stop listening and skip to the next article. The female narrator maintained the exact same, predictable cadence no matter what the content - even when it was clear there should have been change in stress or emotion. The tone of the article was affected as a result. I'll have to finish that article in the print version.
This book started off very promisingly with a humourous, witty scene with evocative prose and descriptions. Which is why it was so disappointing when it proceeded to meander along with clumsy plot development and silly jokes that just went on too long. The characters were mostly frustratingly stupid and the word puns were heavy handed. I perserved through three quarters of it because I liked the author's beautiful descriptions but in the end the silliness of the plot and characters outweighed even that and I gave up. It as annoying that the narrator couldn't speak in an American accent since that made the whole story even more difficult to buy into. However I am sure it would have been worse if he had attempted to speak with an accent.
This would have to be one of the most frustrating books I have ever listened to and I would not try anything else by this author.
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