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I'm a pretty big fan of this genre, but this was dreadful. At first I thought it was just the narrator that bothered me. I don't need narrators to perform with a variety of voices to make it entertaining, but Valerie Menzel spoke with the same wooden cadence throughout the entire story. There was zero attempt convey emotion and it made the already bad dialogue, much worse.
The story itself was one-dimensional. The characters aren't well drawn, and they don't seem to react to events in a realistic way. The dialogue is WAY too modern given the supposed setting of 1850s Scotland. And the relationship between Phoebe and "the master" in no way reflects their class difference which would've made the story much more rich.
All in all, I'm sorry I spent my credits on this one.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Somber Island to be better than the print version?
yes because its so much fun to hear the different voices
What did you like best about this story?
The voice narrating is superb
Which scene was your favorite?
I liked the ending best
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
I hope a lot of kids get to hear this !