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By Amazon Customer on 03-19-15
Why hire narrator who mangles French?
Good story as usual but the mangled French made me grit my teeth. Couldn't even pronounce Aimee correctly. Being able to pronounce the protagonist's name correctly should be the first thing they check for when hiring a narrator.
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By A. J. Freedman on 08-05-16
Narrator ruined the listening experience!
I have enjoyed listening to the Aimée Leduc series as I go about the mundane tasks in my life - driving, shopping, cleaning, etc. This installment, however, was painful to listen to, thanks to the narrator. As the books take place in Paris, French phrases and names are peppered throughout. The narrator of the previous books in the series, Carine Montbertrand, did a wonderful job of pronouncing the French and seamlessly working it into a sentence. This narrator sounded like a high school French student, not a native. Every time she pronounced a French word or phrase, she managed to mangle and garble it to the point that it was a distraction. I found myself gritting my teeth and correcting her, sometimes out loud. I may sound like a snob here, but I'm not saying I could do better - I'm not a native speaker, and you wouldn't want to hear me try to narrate. But I did expect that the producers of this audiobook would hire someone who could PRONOUNCE THE PROTAGONIST'S NAME when they hired a professional narrator. (Rebecca Gibel pronounced it "emmy" instead of "eh-may.") A good narrator seems to disappear, and you don't even think about him or her. Rebecca Gibel was not a good narrator for this book. The mispronunciations were jarring and really prevented this listen from being an enjoyable escape.
Please, please, please, bring back Carine Montbertrand!
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