I first read this book about 8 years ago when I received the series as a gift from my mother. Terri Blackstock is an excellent writer and, being from a small town in Louisiana myself, does a great job capturing the dynamics and traditions of living in that area of the country. The problem with the audiobook rests solely on the back of the terrible narrator. I don't know where the producers found this guy, but he has obviously done no research whatsoever. He mispronounces a lot of the names and his "Cajun" accent is absolutely atrocious. I work in theatre and when actors do a play or movie that involves speaking in a particular dialect, it takes days of research and rehearsal to make sure they are representing it correctly. Clearly, that was not the case here since whoever this man is he equates Cajun with French. It would have been better if he'd done no accent at all instead of the distorted French accent. He made listening to a great story cringe-worthy. It's a shame that producers don't require more effort and knowledge from their narrators.
This whole series is a nice example of "what you see (or hear) is what you get." It's a simple series that requires no thought. My only complaint is the fake Louisiana accent. I would prefer it not be there if it can't be done authentically.
I downloaded "Breaking Dawn" in order to be able to listen to one of my favorite books while on one of my many road trips. I already owned "Eclipse" and was greatly disappointed by it, so I was nervous about spending my money on "Breaking Dawn". However, my friend convinced me to give it a try and, to my suprise, I REALLY enjoyed it. The narrator had improved her reading so much since "Eclipse", and the addition of a male narrator for Jacob's book made this a very enjoyable listen. I would recommend it to anyone.
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