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  • Swamplandia!

  • By: Karen Russell
  • Narrated by: Arielle Sitrick, David Ackroyd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 521

The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly number-one in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes Brilliant, Sometimes Disappointing

  • By Suzn F on 02-05-11

Terrible Reader

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-11

I'm halfway through the book and it is ok. Not great, not terrible - ok. However, the reader's constant mispronunciation of simple words is very distracting. Gherkin = jerkin to our reader and bromeliad = bro-mi-lad. And possibly the worst of this list, the book is set in Florida so I would hope the reader would at least be able to get the pronunciation of Florida cities correct. Nope. Ocala = Oh-cah-la. Ugh. This is very disappointing and very distracting.

Her pace and tone are fine. She is young, but this is a 13 year old girl's story so I'm ok with that.

I would assume these audiobooks are edited prior to publication. Shame on the editor. Sounds like someone took a nap when they should have been listening.

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