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By Melanie on 03-14-16
Fascinating concept - shame about the inaccurate pronunciations !
This is examination of the lives of the Brontës through some of their personal possessions. It is a well-written and well researched book - with fascinating insights into the private lives of this amazing family in the context of their times. As a Brontë-phile for many years, I found many new and perceptive angles that I had not come across before. However, the narrator's lack of preparation really spoils the listening experience. Firstly, she pronounces the world-famous village of Haworth, as 'Hay-worth', then struggles with the pronunciation of laudanum.
The word 'Papa' makes Mr Brontë sound as though he comes from the Deep South - Ms Windsor puts the stress on the first syllable instead of the second.
She is unaware that the first name 'St John' is not pronounced as 'Saint John' and hasn't worked out that the 'm' in M. Paul Emmanuel, stands for 'Monsieur '. Appalling ! If I was Deborah Lutz I'd be very disappointed.
It's a real shame. I wish I had stuck with the print version !
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By Blake's Tyger on 08-20-17
Brilliant Book - Abominable Narrator
What a strange experience listening to this audiobook is.
Fantastic book - material objects and the light they shed on culture. I have read so many books about the Brontes, over four decades maybe every major thing published. This book is right up my street - brilliantly researched, well written and actually full of material I haven't encountered elsewhere.
But where on earth did you find that narrator? I actually checked I hadn't accidentally got the 'robot' narration, she is so poor! How could anyone with such an 'educated' sounding voice, be so ignorant they can't pronounce simple names and placenames like "Keighley", "Haworth", and "Nussey"? (As well as some other spectacular malapropisms - I wish I'd taken notes!)
I was listening to this whilst my husband was still half asleep, this morning, and "Noosey" actually made him laugh so hard he nearly choked.
Unbelievable. I have checked again. Nope, not a robot.
Words like Haworth and Keighley are, you'd have thought, slightly central to the Brontes' story.
And what a shame such an appalling narration distracts from a fantastic book. Sadly it does as I made the unusual decision of buying the Audible book first when I normally buy on Kindle or a print version.
Please please publisher, re-record this with.. you know, someone who can actually... read.
I can't review what seems like a fabulous book, with such atrocious narration standing in the way. This is too embarrassing to listen to, in front of other people.
Awful, awful, awful narrator. To paraphrase Jane Eyre's teacher... "Abominable!"
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