I found that the narrator's reading style detracted from my enjoyment of the story. The narrator e nun ci a ted each syllable to such an exaggerated extent that it spoiled the flow of the narrative.
I gave up listening to this recording about a third of the way through because the narration is very bad. The narrator's voice has an elderly rasp to it that makes every character sound elderly. She does have an energetic delivery, but she uses the same inflection for almost every sentence. Given the obviously inferior quality of the recording, it is particularly annoying that Audible chose to break the recording into two pieces so that they could charge more from it. Very disappointing.
Anna Field's narration of Bel Canto is so well done that immediately after listening to the recording, I did a search for other books narrated by her, something I have not done for any other narrator.
The story she narrates also happens to be very engaging. A group of terrorists take hostage a houseful of partygoers at the official residence of the Vice President of a South American country, and the long stalemate between the terrorists and government negotiators gradually becomes for those inside the mansion a magical interlude, owing mostly to the presence and beautiful singing of a world-class opera singer who had been hired at great expense to provide entertainment at the party. Under the spell cast by her singing, wonderful relationships begin to form among those inside the mansion, and the reader and even some of the characters begin to wish that the stalement would never end.
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