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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
When women were not involved, Cameron Stewart's voice is excellent. However, the squeaky high pitched sound he uses for women is dreadful. Instead of imagining a lovely sexy young woman your mind conjures up a pantomime dame, an old crone - it is really awful. He - or an editor - should really have listened to the recording. It is a shame to ruin a good story and an otherwise excellent reading with such a hideous interpretation of a female voice. As a woman I feel insulted.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cameron Stewart?
Simon Pacey perhaps; you need someone familiar with Italian pronunciation though, and I am not sure he is. Michael Kitchen's strange narration of other Zen books are awful too. This is a man with a lovely voice and great ability as an actor but his slow, halting reading is no good either. I will just have to read the books instead.
Any additional comments?
Audition your readers.
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After several novels, one comes to appreciate just how capable a writer the author was.
The stories are very well written, lyrical often, informative and often funny..not your usual crim lit fare. Hurrah.
BUT - although I know it is far too late because the novels are quite old and the chance of a revival has been lost with the cancellation of the TV series (Rufus Sewell was a magnificent "Zen")..nonetheless, Audible producers of the Now please take note - this Actor is not up to the job. His woeful attempts at Italian are sustained and embarrassing, his characterisations are pitiful. If I hadn't been so committed to the author I would have given up.. how insulting to make every female Character's voice a caricature/pantomime !
They all sounded like a 10th class actor attempting an imitation of a person in drag.
It's far too late to salute Michael Kitchen for his great voice actor job of sharing the earlier stories with wit and individuality..and honouring the tone the author wrote in. So sad.
If you could sum up Aurelio Zen: And Then You Die in three words, what would they be?
Pleasant interesting worthwhile
What was one of the most memorable moments of Aurelio Zen: And Then You Die?
Several - read it
Which character – as performed by Cameron Stewart – was your favourite?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Not moved - but enjoyed reading it
Any additional comments?
I've read others about Zen and this was good to see him as an older chatacter
Only got half way through as the depiction of Iceland was so terrible and in accurate I couldn't continue.
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