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Meagan

AURORA, IL, United States
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Gosh Darn This Narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would say yes, only because this is the only option for this book. If there were other readings with different narrators I would probably recommend those versions first.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is wonderful. The worlds are great.

What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

The story is great; I don't think anyone really expects anything different, but the narrator leaves me wanting. He's wonderful for general narration for the story and the older male characters, but for any of the children, young men, and women... he's absolutely horrible. Since many of the characters are very young and several are female, he's just a bad choice. He always sounds old, weathered, and as if he's smoked all his life. I really wish there was someone a little more versatile narrating this epic story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It's 30+ hours. I expected this story to last me several sittings, which is what I wanted since I listen while I'm doing mind numbing tasks at work.

completely abridged

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-15

Would you try another book from Henry Fielding and/or Sean Barrett?

Sean Barrett was certainly not the problem with this audiobook. It was whoever decided to edit it that was the problem.

Has Joseph Andrews turned you off from other books in this genre?

Meh, it's 18th Century literature. One of the first novels ever written. Much of 18th century literature is like this and not for everyone.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A clarity which I appreciate.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Joseph Andrews?

That's the problem. Many paragraphs are cut from this audiobook. It's rather distasteful.

Any additional comments?

I needed to read this book for my 18th Century Literature class. Because of the style its written in, the lack of standardization of English grammar back in the 1700's, and my dyslexia I thought it would be helpful to have the audio book to follow along with as I followed my book. WRONG. This audiobook cuts out so many sentences and paragraphs that I couldn't possibly get a proper reading for a college level analysis.

Do not buy this book if you want to actually say you've 'read' it. You'll miss 20% of the entire book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

One of the Best P&P Variations Out There

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, of course.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were several scenes that made me hide my eyes and wish I could crawl under a rock out of embarressment for the characters--that's a good thing. I was excited to know what happened next. The best involved Wickham, Elizabeth, and Darcy--that is all I'll say.

Any additional comments?

My only complaint is that Mr. Darcy sometimes felt much too sappy for my liking. He's generally my favorite character, but there were a few instances in which I couldn't imagine Mr. Darcy being so much in love that he would act the way he would. The only reason the book didn't get a 5 star rating in all categories was this small detail.

The narrator was absolutely wonderful. She did a great job. I can not complain about how good she is in any way at all.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful