I really enjoyed this listen, the story was beautifully, word-perfectly read by Mr Jacobi - not just read, enacted. The book is also beautifully, word-perfectly written by Mr Horowitz, but despite the rich atmosphere and historic detail, I did feel the author's 21st century sensibilities seeping through and was disappointed with the overall premise of the story and the way some of the clues were clumsily flagged up too early. Despite that, I would whole-heartedly recommend this.
"Can't listen to this!"
At first I couldn't figure out what this narrator was trying to do with her unbearably singsong voice, then I did some research and realise she is reading for children - her delivery is beyond annoying and I can't listen to her. I really urge you to listen to a sample before you spend money on this oddity! I couldn't get past the second story and am very annoyed, I really wanted to hear these short stories - shame on you Audible for not explaining this is a childrens' book and shame on me for not listening to a sample first!
I love this series of books and have read every one now, but I'm just about sick of the same-old-same-old jeapordy of the bloody unit closing down in each book and then getting a last-minute reprieve - boring! I also find the author spends too long re-introducing all the characters and referencing previous novels. But mostly, I've really had enough now of the narrator's loud swallowing! I have a complete phobia about body noises and have to turn the volume down as low as I can to avoid the attendant swallowing and mouth-smacking noises of the reader! Other than that, I love 'em!
It's a pity that the editing of this audiobook is so poor, the narrator frequently re-reads phrases and both versions are kept in - so you keep hearing double! It's sometimes entertaining to get a glimpse of the craft involved in audio narration, but mostly it distracts you from the narrative. I can't think of any other medium where this would be acceptable, imagine watching a movie where the outtakes are left in! Otherwise this is a great story, but I love Dickens in any form. I enjoyed Simon Vance's narration but found it a bit one-dimensional, he has a supercilious tone to his voice all the time which, with Dickens' long sentences, can be a bit irritating. (Anton Lesser's narration cannot be matched - please do more Mr Lesser!)
Remind me never to download a book by an American author again! Self pitying psychobabble - goes nowhere.
"Not for me"
I hated this book; well, I hated the first eight chapters which is as far as I could go. I found the narration really annoying (Mr Ganim shouted and seemed to put emphasis on all the wrong words, like Miranda' mother!) I found the story lacked character development, I couldn't engage with any of them; there was no gripping plot development, the story dives into the main action so you don't get a sense of looming dread, the author seems to have wanted to grab us from the start in guts and action, only dealing with the lead up to this in flashback, and to my mind that doesn't work as I want to go on the full journey with these people, not join them half way through. The characters were stereotypes and the language too full-on American gung-ho, and absolutely littered with cliches - this story has been told before only better (I Am Legend can't be bettered). It will suit some people but I regret using my credit on this one.
"Loved it - loved Wolf!"
This was an excellent listen, I was engrossed from start to finish and can't recommend it highly enough. The narration was without doubt the best of any audio book I've listened to - the narrator never put a foot (or intonation) wrong and brought the whole cast of characters vividly and realistically to life - so much so I fell a little bit in love with Wolf and miss his voice now I've finished the book! Authors should be queuing up to have their books read by Jonathan Keeble.
"A chilling true story told very well"
This audio book gripped me from the start, based on a true story and incredibly well researched, this is an oftentimes chilling tale but in no way sensationalised. The narration is unobtrusive, not in the least bit annoying or over-dramatic (as some can be). I highly recommend this audio book.
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