I have read all of the Brother Cadfael books in French as well as English, and am a solid fan of this author and series.
While I enjoyed the accent of this narrator, however, and her skill, her efforts to convey male voices failed in my view (as a function of her voice capabilities), with the unfortunate and unintended consequence of making all of these characters (and almost all characters are male of course) sound pompous and self-important. I have much preferred male narrators for this series.
For all the book readers who feared a disappointing rendition to this (arguably best ever) book--a wonderful and accessible interpretation, with unsurpassed narration. Bravo!
I would have given this a higher rating--good character development, interesting and different storyline, but unexpected and repeated religious themes and lessons are annoying when you are not interested in them. I think that audible books with a religious theme should have to indicate this somewhere. That said, the narrator was quite excellent.
Interesting story, good narration overall. However, male narrators narrating women's voices by raising their pitch (and vice versa for female narrators and male roles) run a risk of seriously discrediting the character (best for male narrators to soften without changing pitch, in my opinion). FBI agent Janet ends up sounding like a simpering parody, a problem worsened by her frequent slow-witted lines. Kreiss is a cold fish whose love of his daughter seems one-dimensional (without giving away any of the plot). I'd give it a 3 overall, it was entertaining enough. I dreaded any possibility of a romance there!
This story was interesting enough, and does have Rosenfelt's sense of fun. The narrator is animated, but perhaps a little too much, and his very nasal voice was just too grating for me. Overall, I gave this a 3--it's okay, If you love mysteries and dogs, check out Dog Gone It, The Dog Who Knew Too Much, or any others in that series--a hoot yet also restful too.
A disappointing combination of shallow and irritating dialog and behaviour by the female character, and a correspondingly annoying delivery by the male reader. I couldn't take more than 5 minutes. Unfortunate, as the story had potential.
Save your credits for anything on Audible written and read by Stuart McBride!
Excellent story--I've read everything by J. Douglas. However, this narrator has such a monotonous delivery, and he mispronounces even only moderately difficult words, suggesting he didn't do his homework first. Increasingly irritating, and I gave up.
As with many other readers, I bought this audiobook hoping to see a satisfying conclusion to this complex and interesting tale, told with riveting, multilayered and charismatic skill by Roy Dotrice.
What an appalling decision to switch narrators!!!
I agree with the majority--Book 4 needs to be re-released, narrated by Roy Dotrice, who mastered the task and had a lot of fun bringing us all along on a thrilling ride, doing great justice to the text, and characters.
I was completely disappointed with John Lee. This is a horrendous narration. (Does George RR Martin not have veto power over this decision?) I listened for 1.5 hours then had to give up (and, sadly, felt relief). Someone owes Roy Dotrice an apology, and an offer to re-release with a raise in pay.
My comments are based first on the story itself, then on the narration. As a story, the topic and characters were interesting, and the writing discerning and moving. Unfortunately, the audiobook fails to do justice to the book, as the narration is incredibly monotone, droning on and occasionally failing to pause at the end of sentences. I could not bear to listen to more than 45 minutes and had to give up--a shame, as historical novels are my favorite genre and the writing was excellent. A real shame that the author chose to narrate her own book, she does not appear to be affected by the story, nor enjoying herself in the process, so that she is unable to carry the listener along. A great writer, an awful narrator.
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