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I am a big fan of Karleen Koen. She takes such care with her work that, unlike Philippa Gregory, she takes 4-5 years to complete a novel--no turning out formulaic pap for her! Her latest novel is a wonderful story set in the whirl of the French court. But when I first began the audiobook, I was physically startled by the extremely mismatched reader. He has a flat voice and dry style fit for reading hard-boiled mysteries, not a historical novel that takes place in the elegance of Louis XIV's world. I can think of a dozen narrators who would have been more appropriate, inculding the wonderful women who read Koen's Dark Angels and Through a Glass Darkly. Perhaps the producer felt a male narrator would be better for this story . . . but why not Samuel West or Simon Vance? Who chose this guy? What a mistake! I guess this confirms that one should ALWAYS listen to the audio sample, even for books by well-loved authors whose previously recorded books were excellent. This is the second book I've listened to recently that was nearly ruined by a bad or inappropriate narrator.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I'm not one to write a review but I really think it is warranted in this case. The writing is great I'm a big fan on Ms. Koen but the narration is terrible. The narration is just distractingly bad and it is preventing me from even finishing. I will not purchase anything with this reader again.
I am kind of shocked that such a miss match of material and reader was allowed to go forward.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful