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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I'm an adult, and I found The Doldrums to be a fun and exciting story. There is a strong, cohesive narrative, a good amount of humor, and an amazing blend of compelling, realistic characters with more than a touch of the absurd (which I love. I love me some absurd.) Yes, there are a few over-used tropes, the ending felt a bit abrupt, and a couple plot points do not get explained to my satisfaction. However, the story absolutely pulled me in, much like The Secret Benedict Society, another great book. It's the kind of book you can't help but fall into, if only to see what happens next.
Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?
The absolute star of the show is Bronson Pinchot. Ever since we first saw Serge, Bronson's gift for creating characters has been known, and as much as I love Serge, Serge is nothing compared to the 20 or so voices Bronson created for this book. I am positive that, had I read the book first, my idea of these characters would pale in comparison to Bronson's creations. The only critique I could give him is that he has a tendency (in this book, anyway) to make the adults sound a bit older than they should be. That, and the main villain got a little too grating at times. But the quality and variety of his overall performance is so good, I'll happily overlook these two small flaws.
Any additional comments?
I hear that Bronson has done about 100 audiobooks(!), and I cannot wait to get my hands on another one and get plunged into another fantastic world full of crazy characters. I'm sure I'll find myself listening to The Doldrums again in the future, if only to hear Oliver's voice, which is my favorite. Bronson, you are amazing!:D
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