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This great book by an Irish author was once again destroyed by an ignorant English narrator putting on cartoon accents that made it all but unlistenable. Aside from having one Irish character sound like Bosco and another like Bob Geldof, her overall reading is melodramatic and careless, often getting the names of characters wrong. This recording should not have passed any quality control for a publisher
10 of 13 people found this review helpful
Story twists and turns drew me in. as an Irish listener, found Kate Lock's Irish accents occasionally a bit too heavy on the Leprechaun so became a bit of a distraction.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
This was marketed as a 'psychological thriller' but unfortunately it was not. I had enjoyed the author's previous book Room and was drawn in by the premise of this novel's story but while listening to it, was never excited at any point.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
The more you read, the less you wish to put it down. The story is written and read quite well, however there were times when I wished it was read differently. The slow calculating voice that runs throughout works wonders in many sections, but loses reality in others. But it's the story itself that gets a five our a five.
Emma Donoghue understands perfectly well about the life of Irish folk in the 19th century. Not just from way of life, but even little details like burning cans and horse and cart riding. The main character, Elizabeth Wright, who is a well-trained nurse, is also a observant and stringent woman. Her personality is captured well.
I do wish, however, that the reader was a little more stringent in her performance.