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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
No one. The production was horrible The narrator couldn't keep her accents straight, using two different ones for the same character, she spoke way too fast as to be incomprehensible, and why use a female narrator when the vast majority of the characters are male? I think S&S was in a hurry and threw this together at the last minute.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Golden Hill?
The book is lovely but the only thing memorable about the audio was turning it off.
Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Borges’s performances?
Yes. It's not her fault. The producer should be fired.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Anger at the producer and the publisher.
Any additional comments?
This is a terrific book and to have the audio be so awful is a real shame. The author and the narrator deserved better.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
To me, the raves and accolades heaped upon this title really had my interest and expectations on high alert. But, I'm sorry to say, I started, paused and restarted several times hoping that it was me with the problem not the book. Then, I ran into a friend who had just finished the reading, and we found we were of the same unhappy mind. Since this encounter I've read some of the reviews here that further back up our joint opinion and I am giving up.
If I start with what I liked about the book--the deep dark sense of atmosphere Spufford created with the descriptions of life in Old New York--I'm afraid it leads directly to what I disliked. The problem for me was that the writing seemed to be all atmosphere and not enough storytelling. The plot wandered, sputtered and trailed off on multiple tangents and dead ends that fizzled. So much time was spent painting the picture or, really, setting the scene that the action couldn't or, truly, in this case didn't keep up. Anticlimactic probably says it best.
Borges' narration started out strong and then became increasingly halting and breathy with troublesome mispronunciations.
Disappointing and completely not for me.
16 of 19 people found this review helpful