Richmond, British Columbia Canada | Member Since 2010
Courtney Milan's books are always richly detailed, thoroughly thought out, and full of the visual and auditory texture that brings the story off the printed page. This book is no exception. The narration is good, too; Rebecca de Leeuw sounds remarkably like Joanna Lumley at times, and her plummy tones shift to West Country, from female to male, and from one class to another, distinctly and easily. I would definitely listen to more by this narrator. I'd love it if she could do the recording for the third book in the series, because the narrator on that one is terrible.
My favourite book.
Captain Wentworth's letter. Best love letter ever.
I haven't, but I certainly will!
It made me cry-happy. That love letter, y'know.
Jane Austen is my favourite author, and Juliet Stevenson is the perfect narrator for Austen's works. Lovely voice, perfectly suited accent, and fantastic acting. Austen blends her dialogue into narrative sometimes, which must be a challenge for the performer. Juliet does a brilliant job with that, and with differentiating the characters, and with the omniscient narrator bits. Five stars all around.
A better narrator. I've heard some excellent ones, and this guy isn't one of them.
Only with a different narrator.
Based on this book, no.
Disappointment. I've read and enjoyed many of these books in print, but none of the author's wry observation or wit comes across in this narration. None of the characters are particularly differentiated, either. The voice becomes monotonous, and that robs the story of tension.
I wonder if it's too late for a refund.
Absolutely, because Stephen Fry brings the characters so fully to life.
The description of the events of the New Year's Day shooting party, from the point of view of two young boys.
Everything! Every character was distinct, even people who only had one line of dialogue.
These characters are the sort of people one prefers to watch from a safe distance, actually.
This is the first audiobook novel I've experienced, and I can't help but think that, as first reads go, this one sets the bar extremely high. If you've never had Stephen Fry read you a story, doing all the voices, you've really missed out. I listened to the first few chapters while out walking one day, and was thus obliged to perfect the finger-point that perfectly expresses "I'm not laughing at you, but the sounds in my ears" to strangers surprised by the eruption of snorts, hoots, and giggles as they approach or pass.
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