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I'm a great fan of Helen Dunmore, and was looking forward to listening to 'The Lie'. The story itself is gripping and show's Dunmore's usual great skill. However, Darren Benedict's narration was clumsy in the extreme, grating and, for me, ruined the novel. (Northern instead of West Country accent; poor inflection and inability to pronounce 'nasturtium' properly - just for a start!). I'd recommend reading the book instead of downloading the audiobook.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
What a shame this book was ruined by the narrator. Not only did he mispronounce many common words - "barrage" and "hearth" being just two examples of dozens - he also read sentences with completely wrong emphasis, indicating that he had no idea what the sentence was about. I stuck it out only because of the marvellous Dunmore writing.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is a beautifully written book that brilliantly reveals how a soldier was just unable to make a life for himself after the First World War. The story shows how the traumatised returnees had little to come back to, and were offered no understanding or support. The reflections on what happened to the main character in the war itself are vividly portrayed with just the right weight to take you there without shifting the focus away from the fact that the setting was the immediate post-war. I heard the ending driving to my train station this morning and was stunned. I cannot speak.
Finally I thought the narrator was perfect for this story and really enriched the experience by helping me relate to the main character and also understand his deep bond with his best friend that is the core thread of the story.
Not my usual genre but really glad I stepped out to give this a try.