C. Hutchinson

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Great story but odd narrator

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Reviewed: 27-03-17

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

I would recommend this audiobook for the story, but the narrator was really off putting.

What aspect of John McCormack’s performance might you have changed?

He quite often spoke as if reading items from a shopping list and his intonation was bizarre at times, which made certain sentences sound incorrect or made them hard to understand. He also mispronounced a lot of words, at once point he was describing how a character smoothed out her skirt and pronounced it as "smooth-ed" as it was two separate words. I'm sure many people did not notice or care about this but it really irritated me and it distracted me from the story.

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

No, it's much too long for that, but I did listen to the final few hours all in one go.

Any additional comments?

I felt the narrator did a really good job of distinguishing between characters and gave them each a unique voice. However although i will probably read or listen to more books in this series I think I would be put off from another book narrated by this person. I'm really surprised this wasn't picked up when it was being edited, it's almost constant throughout the book.

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Hated the narration

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Reviewed: 26-10-15

This was one of the narrations I disliked the most out of any book I've listened to on audible. Almost every male character sounded like an 80 year old man gasping for breath. It was weird and extremely irritating.

I didn't feel the narrator did anything much at all to distinguish between characters (which so many other audiobooks have done so well) and this made the book even less enjoyable.

That aside, I haven't got anything particularly positive to say about the writing style either. I don't think it was a patch on the original authors work. I kind of wish I hasn't listened to this and left the trilogy alone in my mind. But since I'll forget this book in a couple of days, maybe it'll be ok.