This is the most satisfying purchase I have made from Audible (besides Persuasion read by Gretta Scacchi).
I kept checking the credits to make sure that only one narrator was reading, Patrick Fraley has such a supernatural way of changing his voice. The voice he does for Jim is so completely different from Huck's voice that it sounds like two different readers. All the voices are fantastic. Patrick Fraley made me laugh out loud. The whole thing was delightful and I was sorry when it was over.
The only small thing I can think of is that the music isn't dead on to my taste. They do short musical interludes in between chapters, just a few banjo lines or whatever, which I think is a good idea, but some of the composition wasn't exactly right for me.
Overall this was a great listening experience. There are so many Huck Finn choices on Audible that I was worried I would choose the wrong one, but this was a real prize and I would recommend it to anyone.
Jill Masters' main narration is steady, and although her characterizations are a little halting and undifferentiated, I enjoyed her voice and performance much more than Fredrick Davidson's in the other audiobook option.
The sound quality is only medium.
Although I love this book, I would never buy another audiobook read by Fredrick Davidson. His voice is extremely annoying to me. He inflects each sentence up at the end, as if each sentence were a question. I should have paid more attention to the reviewer who describes Fredrick Davidson's voice as "sarcastic" - his voice does sound sarcastic, in the worst most affected way, his sarcasm takes away from the great irony and humor of the book. Besides his performance, which I don't like, his voice has a naturally grating tone to it.
I like how this narrative is split between two performers, I was afraid it might be annoying, but the two voices actually add a lot to the story, particularly Janet McTeer, who is absolutely excelent. Janet McTeer does all the characters beautifully, and is particularly good at doing drunk Henley. She has a spirited, but low soothing voice. The audio quality is good.
Amanda Root's performance is spirited and very pleasing, she does all the voices better than I could imagine them, including male characters and the consumptive Helen Burns (I enjoy Amanda Root as much as Greta Scacchi, and much much more than Flo Gibson). The audio quality is high.
I'm glad I bought this and I've enjoyed listening to it. However, the quality of the audio is medium. Also, although this performer has a much better voice, in my opinion, than Flo Gibson's (who sounds to me like she's been smoking unfiltered cigarettes for 50 years), she is not as good as Greta Sacchi's performance of Persuasion.
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