Susan Duerden did an absolutely brilliant job of narrating this exceptional novel! I am certain that my enjoyment of "Embassytown" was significantly enhanced by her performance.
This is my first exposure to the writing of China Mieville and I am so blown away. This is best scifi I have read in a very long time. A mesmerizing story populated with fascinating characters - human, alien and machine - set (mostly) on a planet at the very edge of the known universe.
I just can't find the words to express how amazing this novel is. Highly recommended for any SciFi fan and for anyone with an interest in language.
The narration of this novel by Flo Gibson was so difficult to listen to that, although the story seemed intriguing, I couldn't continue listening. Although she has a very expressive reading style, her voice is obviously quite elderly. She sounds like she is at least in her late 90's and would be a very good narrator for a story being told by an elderly woman, but for this story it just didn't work.
It was bearable enough for the narration - like your grandmother telling a story - but as soon as she would try to "do the voices" of the characters for the dialogue, she would sound even older, and I was completely unable to imagine the young people of the story. I sometimes get annoyed when male narrators do the "drag queen voice" when they read dialogue for females of a novel, but, eventually, I get into the story and hardly notice it any more. It was impossible to get over Ms. Gibson's elderly voice when she was reading the dialogue of the young female protagonist or any of the other characters under 30 in the story.
I will try to find another narrator for this novel or just read it on my Kindle. A good lesson for me to listen to the sample before buying.
With brilliant writing and captivating story-telling, “To Say Nothing of the Dog" is an absolutely delightful book and Steven Crossley is an exceptional narrator! Highly recommended for sci-fi fans and anyone who enjoys a really entertaining story.
I usually have a love/hate experience with audio books, because too often a narrator can ruin a very good book. But still, I listen, because I have never seem to have enough time to SIT and read, and I use audio books to multi-task during “hands and eyes busy” activities like driving, gardening and housework. Often I’m enjoying the story while frequently cringing at the narrator’s style. However, Steven Crossley actually enhanced my enjoyment of this book with his remarkable performance. He has an extraordinary talent for doing “the voices” of multiple characters and making them so distinct that they are immediately recognizable. Best of all, he somehow manages to do female voices without making them sound like drag queens – an almost impossible feat for a male narrator.
I note with great excitement that Mr. Crossley also narrates Jerome K. Jerome's “Three Men in a Boat" which is referenced frequently throughout this book. Guess what my next Audible selection will be?
The narrator did an exceptional job when she read the dialogue. She was able to give each character a distinct “voice” and even did a believable job with the voices of males and children. Unfortunately, when she read the narrative between the dialogue, she rattled it off in a repetitive cadence that wasn't exactly monotone, but reminded me of someone reading a laundry list. I kept trying to stay with it because the story seemed interesting, and the parts of the story with dialogue would recapture my interest, but ultimately, her boring recitation of the narrative lost me. I'm going to repurchase "CIty of Masks" as an eBook and give it another chance.
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