I was already a fan of Shorty from watching Pit Boss, but now I'm over the top. Buy this book - you will be touched, impressed, and highly entertained. Shorty is an actor, so his performance is just as good as your favorite narrators. He will have you either laughing out loud or crying. Without a whiff of sentimentality, he makes you want to change the world and, even better, shows you that you can. Thank you, Shorty!
I listened to this over the summer and just loved it, author-narrator and all. I sneak up on this Audible page every so often, hoping to find something new by this author.
The book is fascinating and well narrated, but I am shell-shocked. It's not just the heartbreaking story of Madame Choi and Shin Sang-Ok. Though I am appalled by the way their lives and those of so many others were so tidily snatched away by that despicable despot. My heart really goes out to the ordinary citizens who are held captive and controlled every day of their lives in that backward country. How can this stuff go on? Because you know it does. Excuse me while I go kiss the ground again.
But for me, the narration ruined the book. Authors who are not trained actors should not be narrating their books. It took me back to sixth grade when we had to listen to our classmates read aloud, and this was not only due to the apparent youthfulness of the author. Almost every sentence started in the same sing-songy way, the characters voices couldn't be distinguished from one another, and the bland delivery made all the characters seem shallow (were they, in fact?). I didn't even like Alice, much less her husband and children. I wanted to give the book four stars because it is well-written and discusses a worthwhile topic, but it just didn't move me. Too bad Julianne Moore didn't narrate.
And the beginning chapter drew me in. After that, it just didn't work for me. Wishy-washy, unlikeable characters, implausible plot, and too many words. I love a long book that I can get lost in and really tried to plug along, but this one just didn't interest me. Maybe I'm too old - I don't like 99% of the reality shows out there - and younger readers may love it. All that said, the writing itself was good, and the narrator did a great job.
Stuart Neville is one of the few authors I buy "review unseen" - especially if narrated by the Gerard Doyle. The story pulled me in from the first word to the last. Get this book - you will love it.
Yay! Is there anything better than finding a great author and series a few years late so you can read one book right after the other? It's all there - great characters, story, writing, narrator, etc. I'm about to start book 2 and a little worried that there's a different narrator. I really liked the way Erik Davies could pull out that Danish lilt and then flip back to yankee. I hear a lot of Danish accents at work and thought he did a great job. Authors and Audible - pair up a great author and narrator for an entire series and you will have us for the duration. Examples: Adrian McKinty/Gerard Doyle; Diana Gabaldon/Davina Porter.
I left a similar comment about another book by another one of my favorite authors. As with that one, because of the way the book is produced, I can't listen and plan to return it. (I love Jeffery Deaver and Lincoln Rhyme, so I'm sure it's great and sure hope it's available on Kindle.) So I gave the story 5 even though I couldn't get through it. So back to the rant - unless a book is meant to be a PLAY, please do not have several 'actors' inject quotes when another person is narrating. It's jarring and just unlistenable. I just finished a book entirely narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and it was great (Speaks the Nightingale, Robert McCammon, book 1, Matthew Corbett series). In some cases, it works to use multiple narrators if there are whole sections coming from the point of view of a certain character and one narrator does all the quotes in a section. Still, my first choice would be Eduardo Ballerini or Colin Firth telling me the whole story....
Producers, please please stop - don't let this annoying style of production become a trend!
Adrian McKinty's writing style and stories are magic, and Gerard Doyle is the perfect narrator for them. Every sentence has rhythm, the characters are complex and real, and the plots draw you in. Plus there's a lot of great comedy. Doyle is the perfect channel for McKinty's withering insults, and you'll be laughing (and wincing) even as something very unpleasant is happening to some unfortunate thug. I just finished the "dead" trilogy (had already listened to 'cold, cold ground' and the others), and now I want more. Only the Lighthouse series is left, and while it's not might favorite genre, it's Adrian McKinty so I'll give it a try. (McKinty's books are as good as Stieg Larsen's; they should be movies too.)
It was just what I would expect from Elizabeth George - delectable. Wonderful, complex characters you've come to know and love. Intriguing multiple storylines. (Audible, PLEASE offer more of this author's UNABRIDGED past works.) And Davina Porter's narration, as always, is perfect.
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