I waited 3 months to hear the promised narration by Jimmy Smits to come out in December, then that just disappeared. Then Edward James Olmos was the promised narrater to come out in January, I ended up paying for narrator John Lee who's a fine narrator, but he sounds like Sean Connery (almost) telling a story about ancient Columbia. I've sent 2 emails, both ignored, to Audible for an explanation.
There's no end to the engagement of listless and confused men with pathetic, skinny and abused prostitutes. Then there's the woman who sucks her finger and eats dirt and a host of other tawdry characters that apparently I missed what pearls of wisdom they are demonstrating about the supposed Latin culture detailed here by Marquez. I lived in Latin America for 4 years and thankfully it was much more interesting and sophisticated than this.
He wasn't Latin. He wasn't Jimmy Smits or James Edward Olmos.
I want a refund from Audio for selling me an audio book not narrated by the person I was buying it to hear.
The blasé attitude of the writer and the characters. Everything was so blasé to them that it made me feel the same way about them and the novel.
William was ok, but his French accent often sounded like his Russian character in Gorky Park.
It was written by Hemingway and is supposed to be a classic. Other than the development of the blasé characters, there was nothing terribly interesting about the story or the writing. This was my first Hemingway and I hope it wasn't his best work. I found him tedious and hopeless.
It's a wonderful story and an interesting look at the times of humans 500 years ago, as if being told by someone you just met.
When Don Quixote charged the flock of sheep as an invading army.
When Dulcina leaped over her mule's bum to land in it's saddle with one jump.
I wondered why it took me so long to finally read it ... except that now with Audible, I don't have any more reason to delay.
The narrator was wonderful and I think the Translation was not only spot on, but brought into the 21st Century with great relevance and poignancy. I think the Translator was particularly talented. Oh, and I really loved the narrator's voice of Pancho Sancha.
Amazing, illuminating, intelligent
The sweeping history encompassed in this work is breath taking.
The characters were so beautifully and meticulously created, both fictional and historical, and read by Frederick Davidson it was impossible to pick one of the 20-30 there were. However, my favorite was one who didn't last long, Petya Rostov. Piotr was the main voice in the work narrating much of the history through his experiences which were formidable. The character that Tolstoy illuminated most for me was Napoleon. Tolstoy's revealed a Napoleon that shed much light on the wars and fate of European countries that I hadn't discovered previously. It was amazing.
I cried when Petya Rostov went into battle so young and ...
Frederick Davidson was superb. He had an amazing command of the book and it's characters. His accents were beautiful and gave so much depth to the reading. He freaked me out a little with the British accent (in a Russian book) and a Cockney accent for the Russian Peasants, however, I don't know who else could have read the book so well.
I would listen again simply to be bathed in the beautiful narrative voice of Adewale Akinnoye-Agbaje.
My favorite character was obviously the author, Chinua Achebe.
I loved the rich voice of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje with his Beautiful African accent. It made me feel like Mr. Achebe was personally telling me the story. It made it a much stronger experience than simply reading the words.
The overall experience of listening to this account of the history of Biafra and Nigeria was moving in itself. Chinua Achebe's style of writing in the verbal history tradition was perfectly executed. As much as I love to read, the Audio version was a much more memorable, touching experience.
1) When the narrator has the accent of the writer, it makes the experience of listening seem as if the author is telling you the story personally. The choice of Adewale was perfect: beautiful voice and beautiful pronunciation.2) I'd like to know how my husband (Native Russian speaker, fluent in Spanish) and I (native US speaker and also fluent in Spanish) can participate in reading books for Amazon Audio.Bravo! This was my first audio book and you've completely hooked me!
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