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The narrator’s voice was unbearable

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

Reviewed: 06-01-20

I tried this for a week but I could not stand the narrator’s voice so gave up.

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Much preferred the Green Road

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

Reviewed: 15-06-19

I really enjoyed the Green Road by Ann Enright that I listened to on Audible a few years ago, so I expected this to be even better, given that it won the Booker prize. I liked its depth and honesty, but was rather disappointed with the lack of narrative. Great performance from Fiona Shaw though.

Narration lets this down.

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

I went ahead and listened to this despite the reviews about poor narration. They were right! But I did listen through to the end.

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Fantastic narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-17

I thought the narration was one of the best II've heard. Great characterisations and accents.

The book is told from the pout of views of five different family members and their separate lives. So when listening to the audio version this can get confusing, as as one chapter is 3 hour long and often it doesn't tell you it's switched to another character's voice! I missed being able to leaf back through a book to remind of who's who when a character returns later in the book.

Lends itself very well to an oral rendition

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-15

It was better than expected, as I've recently listened to some books that didn't work well in the audio version, for example, Life of Pi, which I found too rambling to follow.

This story is about a storyteller and is beautifully told and narrated by the author. Contrary to the
impression the book cover gives, it's a simple and very human tale that gently guides you through thousands of years of Irish history.

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Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-14

If you could sum up A Dark-Adapted Eye in three words, what would they be?

This book is often rated as Ruth Rendell's best, and I agree. It's so much more than a crime novel; and Ruth Rendell is so much more than a crime writer. It's not for nothing Jeanette Winterson calls her mother.
Having read the preview, I did hesitate, as I wondered whether it would be too unsettling at night going to sleep listening to the 'voice' of a victim/ criminal without Inspector Wexford as a sane, down-to-earth intermediary, but it wasn't the case at all. The narrator of the story is an ingenue, and it was performed wonderfully by Harriet Walter.

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A mistake

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I gave up on this book about 1 hour in. Just not my thing. It seems to be aimed at teenage girl readers -- which I didn't realise from reading the reviews on here and the book blurb. It was actually positive Audible reviews urging me to read it that made me pick it. I wish I'd checked to see what else these people rated first!

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The narrator's syrupy, girlish tone ruined this

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

If you could sum up Sepulchre in three words, what would they be?

The narrator affected a girlish voice which grated with me -- does she know the audience that Kate Mosse writes for?

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei King?

Lorelei King is capable of a different voice -- I've heard her in radio plays.

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Poor narration put me off

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I gave up about a third of the way through -- which was the first time I'd ever done that with an audio book. I couldn't stand the poor diction and the cool disinterested tone of the narrator. I didn't take to the story either -- though might try reading the book instead.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performances?

No

Hothouse Flower

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-12

This is a sweet and romantic story.

I do not recommend listening to this book in this unabridged 18 hour version. The plot is not a dense one and does not merit such a long narrative. It bored me and I longed to be able to skip forward through pages like you can with a book. I worked out the big denouement of the plot very early on and hung on in the anticipation that I might be wrong. I wasn't. There was one minor surprise in the plot, and the end was hard to believe, but the main plot was very predictable.
I found Beth Chalmers' narration a bit tedious, as she gave many of the characters the same nasally posh voice.

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