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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I recently discovered Dumas' D'Artangion series, starting with the first one that is narrated by Simon Vance. I then skipped "Twenty Years After" and listened to "The Man in the Iron Mask", also narrated by Simon Vance. I decided to go back and listen to the one's I'd missed, starting with "Twenty Years After", narrated by Frederick Davidson. Well, in a work "Yuck". Mr. Davidson is a sad excuse for a narrator/reader/story teller. I gave it a chance, listening for two hours. Alas, I could not take Mr. Davidson any more and decided to check the book out of the library, as Simon Vance does not narrate a version of this book. I have placed Mr. Frederick Davidson on my do not listen to list forever.
What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?
Terrible, will never listen to a book narrated by Mr. Davidson again, NEVER.
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Unfortunately, there is no choice in narrators for this book. I'm a big fan of John Lee's narations...this is not to that standard. The main characters have awfully grating interpretations to their voice, so I'm glad I'm only listening to this in the car and not on headphones. After a five hour drive today I place the rendition of D'Artagnan to an interaction of the voice of the father in the 80s show, ALF...a bit whiny, grating and annoying. Too bad the producer didn't make him change the voice. D'Artagnan doesn't even sound his age. The story is good, just don't try listening to this for several hours at a time. I'm getting through this, though, so I can move onto the next books, which are narrated by John Lee.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
The source book is great if you life Dumas and a necessary third part of the D'Artagnan series of stories. Why Simon Vance has done all the others and not this one is a mystery to me. The narrator on this is just not up to it. Annoying vocal tics (e.g. raising tone at the end of every sentence and inappropriate lilting) make it impossible to listen to after Vance. Comparisons are odious and perhaps if we had not heard the SV recording of "The Three Musketeers" we might have been able to bear it. But sorry Mr Davidson, and I hate criticizing someone who put this much work into something, but this is a very disappointing rendition of great material.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Was that I wanted to emphasisze my great pleasure in hearing the best narration I have, to yet, ever heard. The accents fitted the characters. How this level of expertise and talent were maintained throughout the story is well worth comment, it added to an already good tale in a terrific read. Thanks, Colin B
4 of 5 people found this review helpful