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The narrator was totally fine.
The book itself is not a good candidate for an audio experience. Paper readers probably skip 60 or 70% of it, if not more. This is the type of modern fiction that wants to spend pages (hours) on poop and boners. It's annoying enough when scanning and skipping ahead are possible, but intolerable when I am trapped listening to the reader. The conceit is that in the foreground of even dramatic historical events is always the experiencer's body, and bodily functions. Ok, I get it. that's mildly clever. After the first couple hours of this style this book would be better off bowdlerized.
Moreover, the non-poop and boners writing isn't that good. This book contained the phrase "fiery red pubic hair." No. Fail. That is not good writing. That is corney. Compare with this from Villette by Charlotte Bronte: "... my heart softened towards her when she turned darkly from the glass. A calamity had come upon her. That hag Disappointment was greeting her with a grisly 'All hail' and her soul rejected the intimacy." Whhhhaaattt??? How clever is that. And you can get that for free over at librivox.
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