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You can definitely tell that these stories are old which is appealing. I wasn't super into the stories being told but I did enjoy listening to them. I know that doesn't make sense but I really enjoy the sound and feel of older stories. They are so different than today's stories and I really like to hear the different dialect, words spoken, and ideas presented. As with any group of stories there are some hits and misses. Overall I would say the stories are a bit tedious and
The narrator did a great job. I enjoyed his character voices and his overall tone fit quite well for this book. Hope to come across him more.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
English isn't my primary language and hence I wasn't familiar with the author's name and didn't know that these were all classic old timey stories. I do sometime like old stories. But the language style in this one was a little difficult to understand for me. The sentence structure and the dialect is a lot different than modern english, of course. This shouldn't be much of a problem for native speakers. And can be a learning opportunity for others who use English as second language.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
I would think the narrator did a good job of voicing he classic characters. Not that I would know how people talked back then. But since the dialect used in this book is different than what I usually listen to, and it did sound charming in a way, I think the narrator deserves credit for that.
Any additional comments?
I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Listener and Other Stories to be better than the print version?
Not this version - the audio narration is just not for me.
What other book might you compare The Listener and Other Stories to, and why?
Any other weird fiction or ghost stories. William Hope Hodgson is very similar in style and substance.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Maybe its personal but I just don't like the Finn JD John's voice (I've heard him before in Lovecraft narrations and thought the same). Some of the accents he attempts are laughable.
Any additional comments?
The Listener (first story) is truly terrifying - loved it! The Willows is also on here, probably his most famous and also great.