Phil Gigante was a bad choice for narrating this multi-character story set in North Carolina. His rural southern accents were often caricatures, but the major problem was his voicing for women. Serena sounded like a drag queen imitating an evil aristocrat, and Rachel -- a very strong female character -- sounded developmentally disabled. For me, the reading almost ruined a good book.
Will Patton is the perfect reader for Eli McCullough. He is the highlight among a very strong cast for this book -- my favorite audiobook of all time.
I have listened to it twice, which I have never done for any other audiobook.
Amusing book, horrible reading.
The problem is not with Hiasson's lightweight comedy, but with Arte Johnsons fingernails - on - the - blackboard - bad reading. I finally decided to be amused rather than annoyed by his attempts (and non–attempts) at accents and his weird rhythms, and so was able to listen to the end. But I'll avoid any Arte in the future.
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