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The audio and the e-book differ every so slightly, which is annoying to follow a second language learner of French. The speed of narration is fast for me as a non-native speaker, but that's fine.
Overall, the acting is pretty good, but some of the characters he reads with a mumbled. bored, nasal voice which is unbelievably hard to understand. Ron and Neville come to mind, maybe Malfoy. I didn't feel like that added anything to the story.
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So context, I am a fourth year university student (in Canada) taking French. I am fluent in French and fairly confident with my command of the language. That being said, I had a VERY difficult time understanding the narrator... Perhaps because I am not an native French speaker, but even with slowing down the narration I had such a difficult time understanding the voices. They seem mumbled, they seem too nasal and it causes me a lot of difficulty with this book.
I am hoping once I spend a little more time immersed in the French language I will be better equipped to understand that narration, but as someone who exclusively operates in the French language academically... I am not sure that that will happen any time soon.
As a native speaker, you will enjoy this book
As a language learner, you will probably have difficulty with this book
TIP: if you listen to this while reading a physical copy of the book, you will be able to better understand the narration.
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Would you try another book written by J.K. Rowling or narrated by Bernard Giraudeau?
J'ai la collection complète des HP en anglais, et par pure curiosité (et nostalgie) j'ai voulu tester la version française. Ça m'aura rappelé des souvenirs de quand je les lisais quand j'étais môme mais par contre le narrateur nous vend mal, très mal son affaire. Entre Ron qui a une perruque entière sur la langue, Hagrid qu'on comprend pas, et pire que tout, des bouts de phrases qui ne font pas partie du dialogue qui sont lus comme si c'était tel ou tel personnage qui les disaient. Bref... Là où je plombe le premier livre en 2 ou 3 séances dans la version de Stephen Fry, là ça m'aura pris plus d'un mois et demi...
What three words best describe Bernard Giraudeau’s voice?
Très. Mauvais. Choix.
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