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the story is absolutely fantastic. the narrator also does a good job. the editing, however, on this recording has done rough edges that could be easily fixed. there are a few errors which simply weren't omitted. Also there is no time delay between the end of one segment or chapter and the beginning of another. this can be quite confusing. I wrote to audible FIVE days ago, they did not deign to reply except with and automated message telling me someone would contract me within one business day. I guess they are on vacation.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Not time well spent. The novel is good enough that I suffered through the narration, but I almost quit a dozen times.
How could the performance have been better?
I can't understand why such a dreadful narrator was given this book to read. She has only one tedious rhythm for every sentence: eventually, I came to dread her grim downward declension as each sentence ended. You could nap to her reading, as the cadence of her voice rarely varies. At some points, I wondered if this was computer-generated audio -- but, then, she would try to use an accent for a character's speech, and that sadly demonstrated that this was a real person reading. The accents were timidly attempted and justifiably so: they were awful. I found it painful to hear someone who was supposedly French-born and NYC-raised talking like he came from the Back Bay of Boston.
The editing was bad, too. The different sections of the book were jammed together. It seemed as if the person who "edited" the audio didn't understand that a moment of silence is a useful signal that one section of the text had ended and another would soon begin.
Was Among the Wonderful worth the listening time?
No, not really. I should have quit listening and just read the book.