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Great subject and story ruined by sub pa narration

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

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The history of rediscovery of Buddhist origins in India is a fascinating one and the British characters involved are so interesting. However this audiobook is made bad by the sub par performance of Sam Dastoor. I have listened to a few others by this narrator and I do not understand how he keeps getting the job! His voice is monotonous and dull. And the worst of it, having seen the pattern of him narrating Indian stories I have noticed that he is terrible at pronouncing even the basic Indian words let alone difficult names. What's the point of getting someone like him for narration then?

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Great wrting, perfect reader

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-07

I never appreciated Dickens's Great Expectations until I listened to this reading. The humor and language is exceptionally good even for Dickens's high standards but what made it perfect was Frank Muller's reading of it. Well paced and excellent voices for all characters. Five stars to both the book and the reader.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Marvellous book, tiresome narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-07

BK is one of my all time favorites as a book that I have enjoyed reading and feel inspired by several times in my life. I even like Constance Garnett translation. However, Mr Davidson is one of the most tiresome narrators I have encountered in audiobooks. The pretentious voice and repeated caricatures of characters' voices do not add any value. Granted it is MUCH better than Walter Covell's monotonous renderig, it just doesn't do justice to the book. I wish to see an unabridged version with Simon Vance or even Tim Pigott-smith, both of whom have done excellent rendering on abridged versions. Five stars for the book, zero star for the narrator

5 of 7 people found this review helpful