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I am a huge fan of Michener. I read all his books as a young person and love his writing style and the historical sweep of his novels. For years I searched on Audible hopeful that the books would appear in an audio version. I could hardly contain my excitement when they began to appear. However, I think this will be the last book I download. The narrators reading style sounds like he is reading a book aloud at the library to a group on a Saturday afternoon. His voice is flat and unimaginative. The worst part is that he did absolutely no research on the correct pronunciation of common South African words. His butchering of the Afrikaans language is grating on the ears and completely destroys the narrative for me. I am so sad that this authors amazing work was put in the hands of this narrator.
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I felt I had to do this review after reading so many negative comments about the narrator. I read this and most of Michener's works years ago and was thrilled that they were now available on Audible. I nearly didn't get this book because of the reviews of the narrator, but because I liked the book so much I decided to take the plunge.
Indeed, at first I wasn't impressed by the narration and I even tried increasing the speed to 1.25 as someone suggested but that just sounded silly. However I stayed with it and found that after awhile I really started to get into the narrator's voice. It was kind of like having your father or an old uncle reading a book to you. He has a rich baritone and his enunciation is perfect. I know that in these days of more highly theatrical performances in audiobooks some might find this one lacking. But the vocal inflections of the different characters are there, they're just more nuanced than some other performers. The more I listened, the more I came to appreciate this narrator's excellent job in reading this book. I will not hesitate to buy other Michener books read by this narrator.
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