The narrator was terrible: monotone to the extent that after a short time I could only react negatively to her voice, not listen to the story.
Never got there.
I think the different characters could have come to life with the right reader.
Can I get my book credit back?
I bought this book because it covers a period of history in which I'm interested and had won the Mann Booker award but was so disappointed with the narrator that I abandoned it after several determined tries to get through it. The book consists of rapid switches of dialogue between various people, settings, and time periods and since the narrator rarely varied his voice to identify different speakers -- or when he did, it wasn't a consistent voice for the same person -- and failed to pause for a moment to signal a change of setting or time period, I eventually became fed up with it and moved on to another book.
Maybe to read, but not to listen to, at least not if read by this narrator.
It covers an extremely interesting historical period.
Audible's recordings of Charles Dickens's works had enchanted me and made me want to hear all of them. Then I downloaded this one. Usually, there have been several readers from whom to choose, but only one was available for this book. What a disappointment! First of all, the quality of the recording is poor. Second -- and perhaps the worse of my two complaints -- the reader's voice is monotonous and she chops sentences up into phrases that obscure Dicken's great sense of humor and destroy the flow of the story.
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