©2005 Celia Rivenbark; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC
A different narrator and more of a story line.
She seemed unsure, lot of pauses... could hear her breathing... voice was not one of a southern belle.
Typically, I must finish what I start, but I had to turn this audio book off.
The narrator was breathy. I know that sounds picky but there were pauses and backgound noises that made it sound like pages turning. The narration was also slow like the narrator was bored.
No, I didn't find the author's humor to be that witty. I love Southern humor but the delivery in this book seemed to spoil the punch lines.
Celia Rivenbark's writing is hilarious!
I think the narrator sounded as if she may have had a cold and was congested. It was the only reason I could imagine for hearing her breathing, swallowing, and long pauses. I wanted to hand her a bottle of water so she could rehydrate. It was also strange listening to a much older woman talk about her preschooler. I prefer when Celia reads her own books. :)
I was hopeing that this was going to be a funny read.....but not so......It was put downs,
and a lot of complants......It was more like listening in on a negative out look on life.....
The fact that I spent some of my time listening to her book and I was looking forward to
listening to funny stories and something that would make me smile.....
? I would sware that Steven Crossley was a female......an older woman......an I wrong?
Do not think I'll buy another one of her books......r
For anyone who has listeded to Celia Rivenbark narrate any of her other books, you will be SORELY disappointed with the narration of this book, which is not narrated by Celia. Rather, the publishers seem to have found an 80-year old emphazemic with no comedic timing to narrrate this book. It's hard to believe that this 80-year old sounding woman, who is supposed to be speaking in Celia's voice, is the mother of a three year old daughter or knows anything about popular culture. Because the narrator has no comedic timing or a sense of sarcasm, much of the humor in the book lays flat. If I had not read this book in hard copy when it was originally published and this was my first exposure to one of Celia's books, I would never purchase another. In addition to the 80+ year old emphazemic voice, it's hard to get over that you can actually hear that the narrator either has a bad case of dry mouth and/ or she is inhaling and exhaling her cigarettes. You hear those sticky mouth sounds like people get when they don't have enough saliva in their mouth. If I could have given the performance 0 stars, I would have. Shame on the publishers and audio director for ruining an otherwise good book. If you are looking to purchase this book, I would highly recommend getting it in paperback and reading it yourself rather than listen to this low-rent production of the book.
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