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Would you listen to Becalmed again? Why?
Absolutely not. The narrator was awful!
See comments below under additional comments.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jillie, Isa and James.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karin Allers?
Almost anyone other than Ms Allers. Preferably the author because she would know how to speak the voices of each character.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Jillie walking to find her friend Tadie. Jillie was such a lovable character.
Any additional comments?
I've often said there are narrators and there are narrators. Just because you are listening to the audio version of a book does not mean you are going to have the same experience as reading it yourself. You are listening to the narrators interpretation of how the dialog would sound, their interpretation of how the voice inflections should be, the way the questions should be placed with vehemence, or calmly and with curiosity. A narrator can really ruin a book for you.
This was the case for me. This narrator did not have a handle on how people normally talk. She was okay as long as it was background explanations, but once the characters had verbal interaction, it became so frustrating to me. She sounded like her normal job is as a newscaster or TV weather personality, just putting the facts out with no normal voice inflections. The only one she even remotely made to sound like a real person was the little girl. I nearly deleted it about half way into it because I hated the way it was read so much.
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