Circle of Friends

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By kathryn queen on 10-12-10

don't waste your time

The recording of this book is so poorly done. It's scratchy with horrible music drowning out the narrator half the time.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

By A review by me on 08-20-09

An excellent book, but ...

This is one of my favorite books, and I couldn't find the audio version anywhere but here. The audio would be perfect but the sound quality is the lowest possible. This audio tape only came out in 1999 - I wonder why they weren't able to clean it up any more than that?
I still bought and enjoyed it, though - just be aware it's got really poor quality audio.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

By Edie on 09-11-13

Terrible Sound Quality

What disappointed you about Circle of Friends?

I have read this story in book form several times and I love it. The audio version? Terrible. The sound quality is a disaster. I stopped it after five minutes. I had to strain to hear it.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

By Joanne on 05-31-13

dreadful recording

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I adore the story, but the book was largely inaudible.

What didn’t you like about Fionnula Flanagan’s performance?

I couldn't hear her properly due to the poor quality of the recording. Absolutely shocking

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

By Tara on 05-17-13

Good Book - TERRIBLE audio!

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

I cannot wait to ask Audible to give me my credit back. This recording is truly horrible! Read the book, watch the film or better yet...RERECORD the audio. Plus, the abridged version of the story lack serious continuity. What a shame.

What did you like best about this story?


How could the performance have been better?

record it in this century!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

By Melissa on 06-14-12

TERRIBLE NARATION - OMG I'm gonna fall asleep!

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

Better Narrator - Less monotone, more voices. No Music. Clearer recording.

Would you recommend Circle of Friends to your friends? Why or why not?

I would not recommend the audio version, but I think it is a great story to read with your eyes.

Would you be willing to try another one of Fionnula Flanagan’s performances?

Absolutely NOT!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It is a good story.

Any additional comments?

This audio recording sounds awful! The voice is muffled, they used really distracting terrible music in the background, but it is so loud in places that you can't understand the narrator. If you are looking for a book that will lull you to sleep at night, then look no farther! While this is a great book (I have read it before) the narration & soundtrack absolutely destroy it!

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