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I bought into the whole Amazon / Audible ecosystem (Kindles, Kindle Fires, Amazon Prime, Audible Gold, etc.), and am trapped now. But I gotta say that this corporate behemoth is not doing its customers or its own reputation any good with its emphasis on quantity with a disregard to quality. On the Kindle side it's almost impossible to avoid self-published authors who desperately needed the services of a copyeditor (or better yet, an editor...or even a slush-pile reader who might have saved the public from the experience of the manuscript) or unproofread scans of texts (unintelligible because of loss of periods and conversions of the letter h to b, etc). Now it seems that even audiobooks are not safe.
The narrator has a pleasant enough voice. The problem is in his agonizing slow pacing (was this recording originally intended for challenged young readers and/or English language learners?), lack of appropriate inflection, and tendency to let his "character voices" used in dialog (such as they are; not a lot of vocal flexibility here) spill into the first few words of non-dialog text.
_This Star Shall Abide_ was one of my favorite books as a young teen in the 1970s, and I was looking forward to hearing it performed. However, even though it was a mere $1.99 plus tax, I'm returning this Audible book on principle.
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