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The stories in this book were amazing. They gave such a beautiful view into the Indian culture. I longed to know the sense of community and comraderie that the author makes so integral a part of these stories. As the stories ended I was sad to end my relationship with the well-drawn and intriguing characters.
The reason I rated this audiobook only 3 stars was not the novel itself, but the narration and production of the audio. I found the narrator's style to be distracting and at times downright annoying. Short interludes of music separated the book into equal sections, but this distracted from the flow of the novel because they often came in the middle of a story and at times in the middle of a character conversation.
Dispite the poor quality of the audio production, I would recommend this novel for its wonderful characterizations and fascinating stories.
34 of 35 people found this review helpful
Since there are so many reviews of the book itself, I will review the narration of the audio version.
First, I was distracted by the narrator's style. Her odd, unnatural, and often nasal enunciation of words was annoying. The amaturish and undulating style of her reading the sentences made me wonder if the author picked a friend or family member who wanted to break into the business. This narrator has no business doing this work. Additionally, the narrator certainly did not capture the emotions of the characters.
Secondly, the producers decided to add music to signify the ending of one "chapter" and the beginning of antoher. However, the chapters in the audio version did not coincide with the stories in the book. The music breaks only served to separate the book in to 6 equal parts, which was in the middle of a story.
While the narrator did read at a decent pace, the up and down vocalizations, the inability to capture sentimental or sad emotions and her odd enunciations made this narration one to skip.
45 of 48 people found this review helpful
A vivid book from a talented author. I bought this in error while searching for another book of hers. I was caught out just as I was when I read it years ago, it's short stories!
It would be helpful if the stories were clearly delineated in this audio book as the transitions weren't always clear.
The performance was clear and I wouldn't mind hearing this reading in some other books if appropriate. However I found her American accent very distracting and somewhat annoying especially when reading stories set in India. I have never heard an American story in an Indian accent so I found this equally as ridiculous. Without being stereotypical I feel a better selection should have been made.
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