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I really struggled to relate to the characters as an Australian because the accent by the narrator was so bad! Australians do not talk like this. Every character sounded the same - a really bad version of "Kath and Kim". I feel if I had have read the book I may have enjoyed the story more as I wouldn't have cringed every time the narrator spoke in first person. The author should have employed an Australian to read the story.
What would have made Bay of Fires better?
I can't get through this book, the narration is so bad. As another reviewer said, Australians don't talk like that now. But it's not only that, it's the number of mispronunciations: I counted six in the first hour. I was amazed to find out I live in Lawns-ton. I always thought it was Lon-cess-ton. Surely someone at Headline should have noticed things like this? Next time they need to do an audio on an Australia book, I strongly urge them to hire an Australian actor. There's not exactly a shortage of them.
Would you recommend Bay of Fires to your friends? Why or why not?
The book is probably quite good in print form - it had excellent reviews. The audio version, no, I would not recommend it to anyone.
How could the performance have been better?
By using an Australian actor.
What character would you cut from Bay of Fires?
Can't comment as I wasn't able to listen to it for long enough.
Any additional comments?
Overall, an incredibly disappointing experience.