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What disappointed you about The Drowning Spool?
The narration was awful. Of all the Crewel World mysteries I have this was the poorest narration I have experienced. While Betsy's voice was good the other characters all had either whiney similar voices,or comical type accents whether male or female. Godwin's voice was terrible. Officer Jill Cross's voice, usually conveying calm and an authoritative air also had that strange nasal twang that almost all the female voices had. It was really distracting and I couldn't enjoy the story at all.
Would you be willing to try another one of Betsy Bronson’s performances?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I was disappointed in the narration.
Any additional comments?
When providing the snippets to listen to the story before buying, please pick a section where more than one voice is used if at all possible. I listened to the snippet and Betsy's voice was good - but had I heard any of the others I would never have purchased this title.
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What didn’t you like about Betsy Bronson’s performance?
The plot of this story is really good. I have gone through all of the narrators and Betsy Bronson's performance was horrible. I felt like I was listening to a gaggle of small children. You are an adult, speak with tones that depict adult characters. Sure the one for Wilma worked but the remainder were just terrible. Adding this name to my list of don't get the book if she is the narrator.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I love the Betsy Devonshire books, but the narrator on this one is sadly not good at believable character voices.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Betsy Bronson is a good straight reader, but gives Phil, Doris and Conor ridiculously low voices, and then some female characters squeaky high ones. I personally found it very, very infuriating. The usual reader Susan Boyce is so much better.