I've already listened to it twice. Of course, the book itself is wonderful, but Mr Guidall's narration is truly a performance. He handles the difficult Russian names with grace (and perfect pronunciation) and does a tremendous job of giving each character a distinct, recognizable voice.
Ivan himself -- such an interesting study of the end of a life.
A voice over artist would have made all the difference. It's such a good idea and a well-written story, but the narration is so bad :-(
It's an amazing novel and Claire Danes' performance is fabulous. She absolutely does the work justice.
yes -- although there are a few spots where the voice-actors are obviously doubling (enough tripling) characters, the overall performance is very very good. I especially enjoyed Gaiman reading the Coming to America chapters himself, and Dennis Boutsikaris is one of the best narrators I've ever heard.
They truly bring the book to life -- particularly the voice-over artists who portray Shadow and Mr Wednesday.
to read, yes, but not this recorded version
The whole story is interesting and Ms Scheeres does a good job of showing the Temple members as individual human beings, rather than "cult zombies".
There are so many mispronunciations -- some of the same words mispronounced in two different ways even. It was very distracting. The narrator also, at times, used a very melodramatic tone of voice which definitely wasn't required as the subject matter was so dramatic to begin with.
While the overall concept of the book is very interesting, the trivia became tedious at times.
The book, yes -- the audiobook, no. Meghan O'Rourke's narration detracts from her own writing.
Definitely needed a professional reader.
It made me consider looking into getting back to work as a Voice Artist.
Possibly the best for narration -- at least in the top 3. Overall, the book itself, however, was a great disappointment. I don't think I'd have finished it had the narration not been so so good.
From Ann Rule, but never Lorelei King.
Her attempt to "sound like" various characters was very, very annoying and detracted from the story.
Yes, though there were times I didn't think I could stand the narration another moment.
At first I thought it might just be the author/narrator's annoying voice that ruined this story, but it's not -- it's the fact that the story is just, well, disgusting -- in so many ways -- Listening to Stephanie Madoff Mack re-enact her own whining over her wounded ego is probably the most disgusting thing of all...
not written it
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