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Would you listen to Happy again? Why?
No unfortunately not. I would definitely re-read the book, but I didn't like Jot Davies's voice at all. I pre-ordered the audiobook, while it still said Derren Brown would narrate it. I listened to his other audiobooks - narrated by himself - which I immensely loved. I was therefore quite disappointed to find it was narrated by someone else, and unfortunately with a voice that wasn't easy to listen to. However, taking a more Stoic approach: nothing to do about it and fortunately I have the story in book-form. No harm done.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
The narrative gives a very helpful approach to different aspects of life with many references to ancient Greec philosophy.
What didn’t you like about Jot Davies’s performance?
The tone of his voice went up every few words. This made it very annoying to listen to his voice.
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What did you like best about Happy? What did you like least?
It is a light approach to some serious subject matter. I think Derren Brown has put a lot of thought and work into it. But the entire narration is painful to listen to, as though every word or every other word is emphasized to be 'happy'. Literally, I have to repeat what is said in my head to make sense of the reading that is much more suited for a Dr. Seuss book read for kids. It is a shame. It is almost a parody or sarcastic tone. I sampled some other narrations by Jot Davies, and he does a much better job on those. Perhaps he needs a plot and characters to be able to visualize what he is reading.
Would you be willing to try another one of Jot Davies’s performances?
Not without sampling it. Sorry to be so critical, but listening to him narrate this is painful, distracting and frustrating.
Any additional comments?
It is a harsh review I know, but now that there is an Audible version of 'Happy', I suppose it will be almost impossible to have another made.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I pre-ordered this book because I enjoyed Derren Brown's previous book, "Confessions of a Conjuror". That previous work had a few flaws with regards to the text itself, but the perfomance (by the author) was superb. It quickly became one of my favourite audiobooks of all time.
This is quite the reverse. The material seems very interesting indeed (if quite similar to "The Antidote" by Oliver Burkemann), but I was unable to finish even the first chapter due to the lifeless droning narrator. Seriously, a text-to-speech program could have done a better job.
I have been an Audible user for a few years now, and have over 100 books in my library. This is the first time I have ever asked for a refund.
A message to the publisher: withdraw this book, and get the author to narrate it himself. I don't care how long it takes, or how much it costs. We can wait.
81 of 83 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Happy?
I pre ordered this audiobook. It didn't say who the narrator was. I had hoped it would be Derren Brown, but was still looking forward to listening even if it wasn't.<br/><br/>Imagine my dismay when I discovered that this is yet another good book that has been ruined by Jot Davies!<br/>It's just unlistenable. Every sentence is delivered with exactly the same irritating cadence which gets more infuriating every time you hear it until, after about 2 minutes, you have to turn it off to stop yourself from punching something. Such an effort is being made to try to add inflection to each individual word that the overall modulation is jarringly unnatural and bears no relation to the message of the sentence, making it impossible to follow. <br/>
Who was your favorite character and why?
I haven't been able to get past the first 5 minutes. I'll be returning it and buying the paperback book instead.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jot Davies?
Derren Brown. Failing that LITERALLY ANYONE ELSE.
What character would you cut from Happy?
Any additional comments?
Please stop ruining good books with this narrator. Please.
24 of 24 people found this review helpful
really useful and interesting book. I read it over a few times as there was so much to learn.
Concepts in the book are well thought out but the narration left me feeling I'd sat through one very long sermons/lecture. Narrator needed more passion for the subject.