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I can't judge the story really. It seemed like it had potential. So I gave it three stars.
However, the narration was so poor, I couldn't listen for a whole hour, let alone the whole book. A story set in Australia, with an English aristocrat as one MC. So who would you cast but an Irishman? The strange casting is not the narrator's fault, of course. At least he doesn't try to do accents for the dialogue. On the other hand, he doesn't try to do much at all. The book is narrated in a lifeless monotone, and also delivered in a voice that suggests it was recorded in home late at night and he didn't want to disturb anyone.
It's a shame, I was looking forward to it.
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Let me start with saying that I love the book! It's a beautifully told love story about an English lepidopterist visiting Australia. So far, so good. I listen to audiobooks all the time, and I have found many gems, particularly in the mm romance genre. This isn't one of them.
Because there are so many great performances out there, our level of expectation has grown. I expect a good narrator to put his heart and soul into it, with superb technical finesse, and a high level of acting experience. Compare N.R. Walker's audiobooks as to how it should be done.
The worst aspect for me was the fact that the narrator has a lovely, soft Dublin 4 accent. Beautiful, but entirely unsuited to voice an English aristocrat and an Australian outback man. There was no connection at all between the narrator's voice and the book. It would've made just as much sense to read it with a German accent, that is, none at all.
Sorry, Ray, you're the wrong man to read this. Also, please invest in a better microphone.