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Exquisitely crafted, creatively rendered and a delight to listen to. In short, I Loved It!
Would you listen to Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery again? Why?
Yes. I have actually read the book before and still enjoyed experiencing it again-there are so many fascinating facts and information, it's certainly well worth listening to again. My ideal is for memoir authors to read their own audiobook really but I accept that time can be an issue-and maybe not having all the tech gear. I think this narrator was a good choice. The author is American, I've not heard her voice but I could imagine this narrator sounding very like her, her voice seemed to fit well. I liked her unhurried reading of this book and the emotions she conveyed. I wasn't so keen on her putting a lower voice on when reading the author's husband's comments-I prefer readers to continue in their natural voice throughout.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery?
So many memorable moments but I think the way the author describes the foods they experienced on their trip, such vivid detail, is excellent.
Which character – as performed by Karen Commins – was your favourite?
I prefer her natural reading voice-as when she was reading the parts by Susan Joyce, and the general narration.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were many but particularly the latter few chapters where the author concludes everything-loose ends are all tied up and I found that all very moving how she deals with things and moves on-obviously I can't say what so as not to create any spoilers.
Any additional comments?
I have now read three books in audiobook format. I’ve never been particularly keen to try audiobooks before listening to ‘That One Moment’ by Amy Daws. There used to be a children’s TV programme in England called ‘Jackanory’ when I was little-where a guest star-usually well-known, an actor etc. used to read a story out to viewers. I never liked this as I didn’t like all the different voices which the narrator used to put on. I preferred to read a book myself. ‘That One Moment’ completely changed my mind on audiobooks as it has duet narration-the male parts are read by a male and the female voices are done by a female. This was ‘just right’ in my opinion and pure luxury as the two audiobooks I have listened to since I have enjoyed but I have been wishing ‘but if they had this male and female dual narration it would be so much better!’ I think I’ve been spoilt! I like the nice natural, clear tone to Karen Commins’ voice, it’s a nice steady pace, when she’s just speaking normally. I’m not a fan of audiobook narrators putting on a man’s voice if they are female.. It just doesn’t sound quite right to me and upsets the flow. I’d prefer them just to read it all in their own voice-one can tell when it’s a different character speaking when the author has put comments such as ‘Charles said’ etc. I think it would flow better rather than the voice artist keep trying to change their voice.
I did enjoy this book again though. I enjoyed it very much indeed. I loved it the first time when I read it and it was great to be able to listen to it whilst getting other things done at the same time-eg. housework etc. I’ve found audiobooks are so convenient that way and am getting ‘into them’ now. This is an excellent travel memoir.