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This is another great story of how a classroom teacher can make a difference getting at the bottom of things with the student. Helping the student move forward, and etc. However, I can hardly stand the reader heard voice inflection goes up-and-down up-and-down and she emphasizes odd parts of sentences it was very difficult to get through because of that.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I didn't finish this book once I found out what was going on with Leo and my curiosity was satisfied.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Kate Lock, the narrator, over. enunciated. e-vvv-eeee-rrrrrrrr-yyyyyy little. word. I had the speed at 1.25x and it was still getting really annoying. I tried increasing the speed to 1.5x but the extreme differences in the volume of her voice causes words at the end of sentences to drop out entirely at this speed. She tends to under-enunciate the last few words of every sentence in a lower voice.
On top of the over-enunciating, she has a contrived cadence - it sounds like she's reading a mother goose fairy tale to a toddler, and is trying to keep the child's attention by sounding surprised or sing-song-y.I have another audio book by Casey Watson which is also narrated by Kate Lock "Runaway Girl" which I will keep because I found the story interesting enough that the narration does not detract from it too much. Mummy's Little Soldier is not about one child, but multiple children with the central arc around Leo. As the story is more complex and nuanced, I found the narrator especially frustrating as her style of narration makes every character sound exactly the same, which makes a multiple-character story line difficult to follow because you have to pay attention to the names of the people who are speaking. I am going to avoid books read by this narrator in the future.