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I made a horrible mistake buying this book. I was the one at fault, however. I hate abridged books and truly do not understand why they are producd. More significantly, why does Audible sell them?
The Publisher's Review states this book "engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do." I don't agree after having listened to it. The story is fine. It just doesn't shake anything up. It's pleasant enough, but lacked fire. Not once was I tempted to stay in the car to continue listening to the story.
Now was that because the abridged version cut out details someone thought unneccesary? We'll never know.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I really enjoyed this - it was well-performed and a very compelling story. But my feeling with this one, as with most abridged works, is "What am I missing?" I don't necessarily feel the story wasn't told completely, but I always feel like I'm cheating the author if I only have the abridged version. Sadly, only an abridged audio version was available. I guess I just don't like other people deciding what was "important."
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Relieved that this ordeal was over!! Wow... insane.
Have you listened to any of Kate Burton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Her voice sounds familiar, but I can't place what else I have listed to that she has narrated.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This title is an old one, but I had never seen the film or read anything by Mr Bohjalien before.
The characterisation was excellent; I fully empathised with the midwife and her daughter. The tension was immense! My only gripe about this audio book was the narrator, whose diction I found a little strained, as if she were trying too hard to speak clearly.