I'd need to hear it first, based on this one
the story is ok
Some of the acting is dreadfully amateurish, esp the attempts at Brit accents. Don't know where they get these people. Either they don't pay their actors much or they make do with volunteers. It's teeth-clinchingly awful/
get some help with accents...FAST!
haven't finished listening
haven't finished listening
not necessarily..enjoying it in "chunks"
Why the reader has to include the author's comments about writing it, getting it published, blah blah blah...not particularly interesting. A whole 10 minutes wasted on that.
When you read a print book, you have the option of skipping that, so, kind of annoying to be forced to listen to it.
No. The narration ruins the whole thing
The publisher could have hired somebody else, like Jim Dale, or ANYBODY BUT Dotrice who seems to have been drunk from Vol 2 onward. When he started "Channeling" Winston
Churchill for "Big Daddy Lannister" I threw in the towel and asked for a refund.
Well, watching the HBO series.
The first volume came our with a different narrator and it was excellent. That seems to have disappeared when they got a "name" to do it. Unfortunately, the "name" seems to have either sleepwalked through it or showed up four sheets to the wind. He's sloppy with the names, pronouncing them differently throughout, and the voices he chooses for the characters all sounded the same to me! For some reason, he picks "rustic" for everybody. What's that about? I really wish the publisher would plow some of the huge profits from this into redoing the whole audio series.
very imaginative and "different" in terms of fantasy-writing
His attempts at the accents are excuciatingly-awful. Sounds like a typical American touriist trying to "sound English." Otherwise, the reading is fine..but, honestly, the accent-attempts are atrocious.
wish I could
why do you engage readers who cannot handle foreign words (as in at least one of the "Temperence Brennan" books where the reader mangles the French so badly it's like "nails on the blackboard") or accents effectively. Surely, there are other actors out there who can do just as good a reading and make the accents work. Of course, then you get that appalling reading of the "Game of Thrones' books by no less than Roy Dotrice..who I found so awful I asked for a refund!)
Aside from being an entertaining "story" that reads like a mystery (which it is, really) I learned a good deal about wine. It's fascinating and reveals a world about which most of us know very little, that is, the "wine market."
This reminded me very much of another of my favourite "true-life-mysteries," "The Island of Lost Maps" about discovering a "serial thief" of rare maps. Lots of info imparted in a fascinating and fascinatED way. Great read...pour yourself a nice glass of something lovely and dig in!
The information about wines and the market.
Not so much "scenes" in here as it is not fiction. Love the parts set in the auction-houses, tho.
well, no, other than just enjoying it thoroughly.
A great listen!! Excellent narration. It's hard to read something factual without sounding like a lecture, but, the narrator here does a great job of making it sound exciting and adventurous.
The reader handles most of the French quite well, and does a very good job with the Slavic characters...although she seems unable to pronounce anything with "in" in it..as in "Tin-Tin"...she persists in pronouncing it as "on" as if it were "ton-ton." This is everytime she encounters that particular nasal.
SO, four stars, not five.
Other than that - the usual fun adventures of "THe Perils of Aimée" etc..great "read" and otherwise great reading.
Everytime she gets close to her mother.
Not one in particulare
just enjoyed it
looking forward to the next installment..PLEASE have the reader run over her "nasals" (-;
I wish I hadn't bought the first four at the same time. The acting, the production/recording are worse than a bunch of HS freshman would come up with.
Yes, very entertaining.
Any of the "alternative universe" themed books.
No, I hadn't
Unfortunatley, it only "inspired" me to spend the entire day listening to it. LOL
I did find myself skipping over the battle-scenes. Little too much of that, whence the decision not to give it full stars for "story" and "overall." I'd have enjoyed hearing more about how the Nantucketers cope. I am a professional weaver, with avocational pursuits in other fibre arts, basket-making and pottery, so I have often imagined how I would contribute if there were a disaster that cut our community off and what other resources would be available to us. (I think we'd do rather well, actually, this being an agricultural area with lots of game, as well.) Antrhopologically, there are not TOO many holes in the story. It is VERY well-imagined and rendered. The reading is spot-on and VERY good. Excellent descriptions, that kind of draw you into the story.The books definitely improve with each volume, altho the 25 hours spent on the first one were enjoyable and fun.I DID get a lot of knitting done!!! And my dogs, all seven of them, love it when I take a day off and keep the bed or couch warm LOL again.
Don't think so, it's a mystery, so, once you know "who dunnit" it's over. Baldacci is a terrific story-teller, but that's about it, altho he does a great job setting the scenes. I definitely like his work enough to keep buying his books....will that work???
Gotta be the ex-baker!
TERRIFIC READING! Great job with the voices! The occasional sound-effects are kind of nice.
Good story-telling, excellent descriptive writing, as well...Baldacci can really "put you there."
Tolkien's series of "Ring" books...well-imagined universe, beautifully-drawn characters and great story-telling.
Yes...too good a story.
Dotrice is making a MESS of the narration. The voices are terrible and, when he resorts to "channeling" Winston Churchill for Lannister père, it gets to excruciating...even embarrassing.
Hope you change narrators for subsequent installments. Too bad it's too late to do the whole thing over with a different actor. Why on earth didn't they get somebody like Jim Dale?
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