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It always amazes me that people can have such incredibly diverse opinions of the same book. You'd think good was good and bad was bad but... a guess a lot is in the eye ( or ear in this case ) of the beholder. Anyway, I totally agree with the last reviewer ("I believe the narrator's style and pacing works well") - the narrator was very laid back, but that's exactly what was needed. Overdramatizing would have ruined it. This is a reading not an overdone performance and, as such, it is done very well.
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Somehow, I did not read this book as a young person and was happy to find it available at audible.com. I believe the narrator's style and pacing works well to depict the slow pace of life and almost suffocating relationships in a small English coal town. It reminds me of the narration of War and Peace, 60 wonderful hours immersed in a different time and place.
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The choice of narrator has ruined this version for me. It's not that he's an American; he has completely mishandled the Nottingham accent and dialect. The dialogue is so stilted and mispronounced that it distracts and is almost incomprehensible. I'm very disappointed that this is the only full-length version available and would strongly recommend that you compare Robert Powell's masterful interpretation - sadly much abridged - with this voice that sounds like it belongs to a close relative of Prof. Steven Hawkings.
The story itself is wonderful - the relationships are so closely observed and described. Lawrence writes beautifully about pain and euphoria. I read this at school years ago; it made a huge impression on me then. Coming back to it I find new descriptions, episodes to marvel at. This novel speaks to me. Sad that I find myself reacting so strongly to the narration.
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