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Forbidden The Stars audiobook cover art

Okay, but I won't be finishing the series

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

Reviewed: 07-23-19

The story itself is okay, but nothing to write home about. None of the characters were developed well, and, though it held my interest, it ended on a cliff-hanger that I have no interest in following up. The narrator didn't have a wide-enough array of voices, and most of his accents (e.g. French, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish) were awful.

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits audiobook cover art

Okay story, terrible narrator.

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I enjoy David Wong's other books, but this is not his best one. It's not horrible, just rather drawn out and (though I know this is science-fiction) rather unbelievable at parts. The narrator is absolutely terrible, and I will *never* listen to another audio book she voices. Why all the inappropriate pauses, even in the middle of sentences? And is she ignorant of inflection? Ugh! The story held my attention *despite* Romano's deplorable narration, and I'm wondering if it would merit more than three stars if another person had been chosen to narrate it.

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A Good Story Marred by a Bad Performance

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Would you recommend The Railway Children to your friends? Why or why not?

I recently discovered the works of Edith Nesbit, and have been enjoying the Psammead trilogy on the Kindle. When I discovered "The Railway Children" on Audible, I gladly purchased it because Nesbit was a wonderful writer, and, as a driver, I have more time to listen to books than to read them. The story is quite good. I would have loved it had I discovered it as a child, and it is a very good read even in my adult years. I plan to read this book to my nieces and nephews, and have encouraged several adult friends to read it for themselves, too.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Other reviewers have mentioned Raudman's poor accents. Those are a little annoying, but I can't do other voices in foreign accents when reading aloud, either, so I don't fault her for that. The problem comes in the actual reading of the story: when Raudman is reading in her normal voice as the narrator, she does a very good job with proper cadence, stress, and inflection. When reading as a character, however, nearly every sentence ends in an upward inflection, and the sentences aren't vocalized properly using the appropriate emphases on syllables and words to express the surprise, wonder, etc. of the character speaking.

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