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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.
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By Lindsay C. on 06-06-18
Narrator could’ve done with less twang...
I’m a huge fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and have never understood why audio productions weren’t widely available, so I was very excited to see the whole series appear BUT I don’t understand why the narrator went in the voice direction (particularly for Laura and Pa) that she did.
Laura was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Minnesota and South Dakota—I’m not aware of any very strong regional accent from those places (the author doesn’t do a Minnesota accent at all, it’s a very definite homespun twang), and with the emphasis throughout on proper grammar and her mother having been a teacher, and the lack of ‘local color’/slang words in the text, I’m just perplexed as to why the narrator/director recorded it that way. (I did go back and check the narrators other work, in case that’s just her normal speaking voice, and it’s not, so this was a stylistic choice)
The accent/speaking style is evident in the sample, so just be aware that it doesn’t (as I thought it might) diminish through the text or kind of grow on you (at least it didn’t on me). I finished the audio but it annoyed me mildly throughout.
I’m just disappointed because sometimes audio can add so much to a text, particularly one I’d share with my kids. On the plus side, I do like the inclusion of fiddle music and the song excerpts being actually sung (the narrator does a good job with those, I will say—it adds something hearing a tune rather than just seeing the text printed). Her forced (unnecessarily) accent just makes this one I wouldn’t whole-heartedly recommend as I would a fantastic production.