©1981 by Nadine Gordimer; (P)1993 by Blackstone Audiobooks
"It is so flawlessly written that every one of its events seems chillingly, ominously possible." (Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review)
This is a wonderful book by an incredibly talented writer, but is absolutely marred by appalling audio quality that is nigh unintelligible in parts. This is certainly not worth downloading unless Audible.com is going to release it in a higher quality format.
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I tried several times to listen to this in the format in which I first downloaded it circa 2007 - but like other listeners found the audio so poor that I abandoned it.
Because I started a South Africa listening theme, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the novel is now available in Enhanced format - a big improvement. However, note that it is still a speculative novel of its time (1981?) about the Apartheid era so it may not appeal to all listeners today. AND although my new download was quite "audible," it still has the sound of an older book-on-tape converted to digital.
I like narrator May's attempt at South African English, but May seems to be one of those narrators listeners either love or hate - Make sure you like Nadia May/Wanda McCadden/Doneda Peters by listening to a samlple from ANOTHER book -Listening to the sound clip for this one may not help because to me, at this date, it sounds like old format version, not the improved Enhanced version.
The narration and audio quality of this audiobook are so poor that I was incapable of listening to it. It is narrated by a woman with a clipped South African or English accent who speaks very quickly. It was such a strain to understand her that I did not even get through the first chapter.
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