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This is a somewhat haunting novel that features unexpected twists. Well written, well read. Characters are realistic and stick with you for quite a while.
Why would you choose an American female to read Kipling, and one who doesn't know how to pronounce "Leicester Square" and "threepenny bit"? Kipling is the quintessential English Public School educated male, so it just seemed amazingly inappropriate and spoiled my enjoyment of of an interesting story.
"Great Book - Wrong reader"
OK, this is a fantastic Edwardian novel, with the underrated Kipling in his most melancholic 'end of empire' mood. It requires a male voice, preferably British - Alex Jennings? Martin Jarvis?
Now I'm sure Donna Barkman is a fine reader - but not of this. This is truly not a sexist - or even a racist - statement, but a female American voice is just WRONG. It would be like Judy Dench reading Mark Twain.
I found it dull and unconvincing, and the misunderstanding and mis-emphasis of slightly archaic British middle-class phrases were simply not understood. E.g.- Kipling has his characters say 'Old man' frequently, as was common for young men of the day - the equivalent I suppose of 'mate' or 'dude' today. She just gets it wrong all the time. Sorry - I couldn't finish listening to it, so have reverted to the book. Not all lost then!
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