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Would you listen to Sweetland again? Why?
I lived in this area for a few years and grew up close by so I recognized the language, the mindset and am familiar with the gov't's efforts to move these isolated villages to the mainland. Crummy captures all of this very well. I was transfixed by this story of one man being left behind and the slow, meaningful unraveling of his life story.
What other book might you compare Sweetland to and why?
The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx, offers another view of small town Newfoundland and the very unique characters such a place produces.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
I usually enjoy David Lee's narration but he was the wrong choice for this book. Why use a British narrator when there are so many very capable one's from Newfoundland? Most actors from eastern Canada can also do a great imitation of this singsong, lyrical accent.The Newfoundland accent is truly delightful and is a major character of this story. Mr. Lee doesn't even pronounce "Newfoundland" like a local and many of other things were pronounced so wrong that I had to play them over and over before it dawned on me what he was saying. Truly a missed opportunity by the producer of this audio book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
The story was engrossing but the narration was distracting.
Any additional comments?
I wish I had read this book, because I would've heard the accent correctly in my head. Listening to this version was distracting because the diction was so off.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Great story - enjoyed it - lovely imagery and captured the spirit of deep bay Newfoundland very well. But as I sit here in St. John's, sitting in Tim Hortons, writing this review - how much of a great audibook this would have been if Gordon Pinsent, Andy Jones or someone who can pronounce by's, Burin, and even Newfoundland correctly had narrated it. They lost a character in the narration...but good story nonetheless!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful