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What would have made Isla and the Happily Ever After better?
A different narrator (ANY other female narrator) would have been an improvement. Let me put it this way: Grace Blewer's narration "BLEW." She failed to grasp Isla's character. Isla is supposed to be quiet, shy & reserved; however, Blewer's narration is loud, IRKSOME & hurried. She used the same loud & grating voice throughout the entire novel, & she failed to effectively modulate her voice-- all of the characters (both female & male) sound the same. Blewer's performance was similar to that of an amateur who was reading a script for the very first time. Furthermore, she mispronounced many of the foreign words (which is abominable, considering that much of the novel takes place in Paris & Barcelona).... Isla is supposed to be a quiet, shy, sensitive & incredibly intelligent heroine. I think that a talented female narrator, such as Julia Whelan, could have truly captured Isla's personality, effectively portrayed the voices of Josh & the other male characters, & pronounced the foreign words correctly & seamlessly.
Would you be willing to try another book from Stephanie Perkins? Why or why not?
YES. I own & have read all of Stephanie Perkins' novels. In addition to owning the audiobooks, I also own hardback & digital copies of her books. The narrators for "Anna & the French Kiss" & "Lola & the Boy Next Door" were fine. However, I will NEVER purchase another audiobook narrated by Grace Blewer. IT'S DISGRACEFUL THAT LISTENING LIBRARY & AUDIBLE ARE EVEN ATTEMPTING TO SELL THIS PERFORMANCE. For the sake of artistic integrity (as well as business integrity), I believe that "Isla & the Happily Ever After" should be re-recorded by another artist & that this particular version should be taken out of circulation.
What didn’t you like about Grace Blewer’s performance?
*** Please refer to my comments above.***
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
In my opinion, "Isla & the Happily Ever After" is the weakest Stephanie Perkins novel to date. I didn't find the connection between the main characters (Isla & Josh) as convincing as the relationships between previous characters (Anna/Etienne or Lola/Cricket). However, the weaknesses in the plot & writing are NOTHING compared to the horrendous narration. Over the past 8 years, I've probably listened to more than 700 audiobooks, & Grace Blewer's narration of "Isla & the Happily Ever After" is, by far, the WORST performance that I have ever heard. Therefore, my predominant response to this audiobook was "anger"-- anger that such a subpar performance could even be released to the public & anger that I wasted valuable time & money on such a dreadful product.
Any additional comments?
Over the past 8 years, I've probably listened to more than 700 audiobooks, & Grace Blewer's narration of "Isla & the Happily Ever After" is, by far, the WORST performance that I have ever heard.
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Would you listen to Isla and the Happily Ever After again? Why?
I don`t know, probably not...I have reread and listened to the audio versions of "Anna" and "Lola" several times and have enjoyed revisiting the stories, but I don`t feel like I would revisit the audio version of "Isla".....not with this particular narrator....
What did you like best about this story?
The sweetness and the heartbreak you feel for the young couple...That first Great Love!!
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Narration was Flat and Uninspired....I might as well have listened to "text- to- speech" for voice on my kindle....it was just that bad.
Any additional comments?
I feel so bad for Stephanie Perkins.....I can`t speak for her, but when you pour your heart and soul into your work, it must be so disheartening to receive bad reviews....Amazon/Audible should definitely reconsider re-recording this audiobook....I would NOT recommend this version to anyone...do not waste your credit......buy the Hardcover, Paperback or Digital version..
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