I found the audio book narrator, Mark Meadows, to be marvelous! His ability with accents and in particular his delicious interpretation of Lydia was inspired, and his excellent character distinctions did a great deal to help my own understanding of, and ability to differentiate between the many characters. Bravo, sir!
This is an exceptionally well-written book, but fair warning, it has a complicated, non-linear plot requiring (on my part) taking notes on the characters, places, times and relationships both revealed and secret between each of these elements.
The narrator. I have given Dick Hill lots of listen time, only because I like the Reacher books, but I honestly don't know why they keep hiring him. He has such an peculiar, awkward reading style, with strange pauses, as if reading takes effort, and has no chops for voices or accents. All his female characters talk in the same flitty, irritating way. And his attempts at British accents were hard to get past. It's like having your grandfather read to you, which is okay, when it is your grandfather, but not when you paid for an audiobook.
Made the female lead less of a nag.
Maybe Ron McLarty
I'd rent it
[Minor Spoiler] The grandmother and step-grandfather, as they struggled to help Jack adjust to being without his mother.
Too cartoonish (Jack)
My main issue with the audio version was the characterization of the main voice, 5-year-old Jack. The actor chose a voice that I found too cutesy, like watching a Rugrats cartoon. It just never sat right with me. I highly recommend listening to a sample before buying.
I plan to download the book again but need a different narrator: After about 90 mins I just found that the reader's style was not up to par. She makes reading mistakes and stutters through the text ... including what comes off as a hesitation at some of the Russian names.
I bought this based on the hype, thinking I would find out what all the younger set are talking about. I also have the book itself. The book is derivative and terribly written. The author overuses adverbs, with far too many sentences ending in , "he said, angrily... or, he said [insert adverb here]". The story itself is teenage girl fantasy material. I don't mind suspension of disbelief, but it makes no sense to me how a 100-year-old vampire would have any genuine interest in the teenaged main character.
The bad book is further worsened by a terrible reader, who sounds like a kid in a high school class reading aloud for her teacher.
Skip the whole thing.
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