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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I think there's a good story in there someplace but I couldn't get past the narrator's too high and irritating voice. Plus, after several starts and stops, I just couldn't get "engaged" in this story. I still don't know what it is about. After about 3 hours, I just threw in the towel. The glowing reviews for this book come from READERS, not LISTENERS, which is misleading since I am an Audible customer.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
A much better narrator. While Alison Larkin is not a totally crappy, she just wasn't right for this book.
Would you be willing to try another one of Alison Larkin’s performances?
Yes, I think it was a "perfect storm" of issues which brought the whole work down.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
This book is barely BOOK material - I cannot see it being made into a feature film, unless it was a Netflix movie or straight-to-DVD one.
Any additional comments?
I was the first Audible.com listener to review this book. I bought it based on the reviews but noticed too late that they were all from Amazon.com buyers. I find this very unfair to listeners of books. Narration, production and various other features are critical in an audiobook but are not important in the print version. I don't like the way Audible merges the different web site reviews when they are so very different. It is almost like "bait & switch" if one doesn't pay attention. I gave this book several chances to "come alive" but it only fell flat. REFUND!
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
I love the historical setting, the weaving of the profane, diabolical and divine, the love story but the constant chattering of Sussana gets a little annoying.