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Elizabeth Young

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Great story, poor narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-2019

The story was great, rally enjoyed it. However the voices the narrator put on were painful. Basically whenever people were talking, it was unpleasant to listen to due to both the put on accents and the presumed intonations of speech.

Worst reader EVER

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-2017

I hate this reader so much. She ruined an extremely good book. When reading normally she was quite good, but as soon as characters spoke she put on horrible accents, as it's a court-based story, speech is constant. She gave the defendant and witnesses terribly done, 'occa Aussie' accents making them sound like they had low IQs and were idiots. The judges and prosecutor had hoity toity pseudo-British accents for some stupid reason, and the defence lawyer had a mixture of both. This also made the story seem biased, as it was a crime story - seemed like the narrator wanted the listener to think the defendant was stupid and guilty and the prosecution superior and more educated to the defence. This impression would not have come across in the text as written. Then she started putting on accents for American witnesses and it got to be too much. Not to mention her revolting depiction of people expressing emotion - whenever the text read '...she cried' or '...said through a choked voice' etc she put on this very hard to listen to pretend crying voice complete with sighs and whinging noises for bad effect.

I really enjoyed the story of this book but she absolutely ruined it to the point of every time a person spoke, I'd cringe and grimace waiting for her stupid voices to stop. I wish I'd just read the book not listened to it as I hated it and would never recommend it to anyone with this narrator.

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Great story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-2017

Really interesting story, however I wasn't a fan of the narration. It's strange listening to an autobiography not read by the author, with the narrator putting on voices and having different emotional intimations in his voice when the story is not his. The emotion is not his, so I found it awkward to listen to at times which detracted from the story. It also wasn't very well done so detracted even further. I should have just read it rather than listened.

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