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What would have made The Complicated Earl better?
A Different narrator first of all. One who doesn't take a breath in the middle of a sentence, one who can do both male and female voices, voices that sound different from character to character. A narrator who understand inflection, who doesn't have a breathy voice, and one who has read the book at least once before attempting to record the book.
Would you recommend The Complicated Earl to your friends? Why or why not?
No. Story was very weak, narration was the worst I've ever heard.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
It was so bad that it made it hard to concentrate on the story.
What character would you cut from The Complicated Earl?
Mary, the h's companion.
Any additional comments?
Please re-record this disaster, or stop selling it. It's truly god-awful, and since the story is pretty weak it needs all the help possible.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is first audio book I listened to where the narrator ( although having pleasant voice) had obviously not even proof read or looked at it before recording - or at least that's how it sounded to me. She fumbled over and mispronounced words & misread sentences. I quit listening a few times when I got frustrated but I have this thing about finishing what I start so made myself finish.
Story was ok but grew tired also - no communication, keeping secrets, and selfish self sacrificing gets old - fast!
Sorry to be so negative- maybe I've just changed my taste!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Such a shame that the narrator fumbled her words so much and at one point a phone could be heard....
I have never heard someone read an audiobook so badly. She pauses and stresses words at random, which completely confuses the listener. There are many mistakes in her reading which lead me to conclude that she had never seen the text before she started reading it into the mike. I don't know why the mistakes weren't edited out, perhaps they didn't have a budget. It really grates.
I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt on the story, I have listened to another of her novels (thankfully read by someone else) and her attention to Regency detail is very impressive. Such a pity what could be a good book has been ritually murdered by the reader.