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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
If my friend was new to audiobooks, I would not suggest they start with this one. James Gillies has a very, uh, 'unique' sense of pacing and tends to speed-narrate, so it is difficult to keep up.
What other book might you compare The Painter's Daughter to and why?
I adore all of Julie Klassen's books, and this one will not disappoint fans of her earlier stories.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
First, please slow down! Gillies' disregard for punctuation makes it very difficult to follow what he is saying without manually slowing down the speed of the narration using the audible player. Second, stop voicing all of the older female characters as if they were blowsy cockney whores.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I honestly wish that I could listen to it all in one sitting, because the story is compelling and the characters are interesting. But listening to Gillies is like trying to sprint a marathon; eventually you just have to take a moment to slow down and figure out where the heck you are.
Any additional comments?
I was fine with Saskia Maarleveld's narration of "Lady Maybe", and I eventually got to the point where I appreciated her voice, though not as much as I appreciate Elizabeth Jasicki's narrations. I desperately wish that one of the two of them could have narrated this book, as there is just something inherently silly about men imitating female voices; it can work for romantic comedies and children's books, but it takes away from more serious period romantic dramas, in my opinion.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is one of the best books I've listened to in a while. I've gone through all of Tamera Alexander's books and have been looking for another great christian author and I've finally found one. I'll definitely be reading more from this author.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful