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  • Dynasty 4: The Oak Apple

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
    • Narrated By Terry Wale

    1630: after long years of peace the reign of Charles I brings brutal civil war to England. The clash between King and Parliament is echoed at Morland Place when Richard brings home a Puritan bride while his brother, Kit, joins Prince Rupert and the Royalist cavalry, leaving their father Edmund desperately trying to steer a middle course between the fighting factions. As the war grinds on, bitterness and disillusion replace the early fervour, and the schisms between husband and wife, father and son, grow deeper.

    Tlclovesme says: "Terrible Narration!"
    "Terrible Narration!"
    What disappointed you about Dynasty 4: The Oak Apple?

    The narrator for this book is simply awful. His voice is cloying and over-dramatic. So much so, that I had to turn it off after thirty minutes. I can't bear to listen to a narrator who sounds like he's telling a pirate adventure story to a seven year old. It's annoying and exasperating.

    What could Cynthia Harrod-Eagles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Unless the choice of narrator was hers, I'm not sure. I don't k ow how the story is, as I couldn't get through more than a half an hour of it.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above. Cloying, breathy, over-dramatic. I was totally distracted by this and wasn't able to follow the story line. I kept thinking (hoping) it would change, but I couldn't bear to listen any longer. A good narrator makes you forget that you're listening to a story at all. A good narrator lets your minds eye take over and the story unfold naturally. A good narrator should never be the main character, but should slip into the background. Terry Wale seems to read the story as if HE is the primary character, and it's HIS voice you bought the book for. Over-acted and in the way.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dynasty 4: The Oak Apple?

    Any scene read by Terry Wale.

    Any additional comments?

    I find it hard to believe that this actor was hired to read the rest of this very long series! The first three narrators were all very good - each a little different (one very different, as she was a woman) - but all were very believable. I'm so disappointed, because I was beginning to really like this series, and was excited that between the umpteen more books in it I had at least fifty or sixty more hours of listening time. I absolutely love falling into a good historical novel, and because I travel so much for work I don't have a lot of time to read. Now I feel like there's been a death in the family. Boo on you Hachette for hiring this wanker to read the entire series!

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  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Annoying background noise: poor production"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is excellent, and the story had me hooked within 10 minutes. It's as good as all of the other reviewers say, so I don't have anything to add in that respect. However, the production quality is on the poor side. If you listen with good headphones like I do, then you can clearly hear people talking and coughing in the background. The sound booth was definitely not soundproofed. One would think that this would have been picked up and cut out during the post production editing process . If you're listening in your car,on the train, etc then it's not a problem. But if there's no background noise where you are, be forewarned the background noise of the recording is quite distracting.

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