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What made the experience of listening to Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman the most enjoyable?
It was a wonderful love story of how the reality of war changes people, and to what depths some people will go for love.. A wonderful, emotional love story, read with feeling.
Who was your favorite character and why?
All players had strong characters, even the butler is memorable. They all had different personalities and strengths, but if I had to choose just one, it would be Mercy. Mercy lived up to her name, giving so much of herself for others. She made mistakes, but for the right reasons.
What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her ability to change her voice, and put such feeling into the parts is truly commendable, certainly creating word pictures better than most readers could do for themselves. She is a true artist. I now look for audiobooks read by her.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
An emotional, passionate love story in the aftermath of war.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The narrator, dear heavens, the narrator.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Select a different reader.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
She sounds like Jane Carr. This name might mean nothing to you unless you look her up and then you will recognize her as a famous character actress, often with brilliant comedic timing, Unfortunately, male leads that should be charismatic are unintentionally lampooned by a reading that makes it seem like a comedy sketch. Female parts are adequate. Not fantastic, but adequate. Male parts are uncomfortably pompous and affected, sounding like, well, Jane Carr (remember the British Airways travel agent in Friends when Rachel has to buy a ticket to London? That was Jane Carr. Great actress, "veddy" funny, but "veddy" bad for a sound-alike for a serious male lead).
Did Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman inspire you to do anything?
It inspired me to write a review. I've only done a couple reviews at this point and I had to warn people off this narrator. I think she is fine in her job, but for other genres. Not this genre. She should not read male parts unless it is childrens books that call for a great pomposity and exaggeration of voice.It also is inspiring me to never buy a book with her as narrator again. Alas, I bought a batch with her as the reader (from the same author) since they were part of an overarching story line. I cannot take that back, but I can warn others.
Any additional comments?
The problem is not the story but the narrator. This is not to scare anyone off from the subject or author, just books narrated in fiction by this woman that have significant male roles to be read. It is never fun to be so distracted by a reading you cannot overlook (overlisten?) a poorly done reading.
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