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This review is for the abridged audio version.
Horrible, terrible, waste of my time. One of my students encouraged me to read this, and because she continually asked me, I finally picked up the abridged audio version. I'm glad I got it cheap. The recording sounds like it was recorded in a tin can half a world away. The accent was strong and hard to understand. The story is touching, but is told in such a sappy way that it is just about unbearable. Save your time. Find another book to read or listen to.
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I had the audio (CD) version of this book when it first came out and really liked it. My first clue that this was going to be different was when i saw that the book was an hour and a-half long. I downloaded it anyway (not having listened to the sample - BIG MISTAKE) and the second I pressed play I knew I had made a mistake. The audio is HORRIBLE!! Sounds like it was recorded in an underground bunker somewhere in Moscow in the 1960's by a woman who had taken an hour of English classes. I agree the person reading the book should have a Russian accent but you should be able to understand her without straining.
I've downloaded other books I haven't liked and shrugged with an "oh well" but this is different, this wasn't a matter of me not liking a book it was a matter of the quality being so poor I couldn't listen to it. It's hard to believe that audible would release an audio book so poorly recorded. It was beyond awful!!!