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Narrator ruins a brilliant story

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

Reviewed: 20-01-2019

The narration is so dreadful that I’m intending on buying the physical book to read. Doltrice mispronounces names throughout (for example Bran “Brian”). The voices he puts on for characters is totally wrong and very grating to listen to. Tyrion Lannister is given a squeaky, high pitched, low born accent. Jaime and Cersei have posh accents. Tyrion is their brother so why does he speak like a fish monger? The moment Tyrion slaps Joffrey should be one the most deliciously funny and satisfying parts of the story, but Doltrice sucks all the fun and wit out of it. His line delivery in general is very jarring. What should be compelling descriptions and clever dialogue, is read in a way that makes them sound flat and dreary. I sincerely hope someone else records this marvellous series. I found myself focusing on the awful narration, contemplating who would do a better job- and losing track of the story itself. Sir Ian McKellan or Peter Dinklage- anyone would be a better choice than Roy Doltrice. Story 10/10. Narrator 0/10.

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Reads like a fable, the characters grow on you

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

Reviewed: 29-12-2016

Much like the people who interact with Ove (pronounced Oo-vah) I have a love-hate relationship with him. The opening pages firmly establish him as an impatient curmudgeon at odds with this modern digital world. His feisty exchange with the young computer salesman sold me and I purchased the audio book (not sure why, but I would've preferred a male narrator- it might have given more authenticity to an grumpy old man story). I thought I would enjoy his clever angst. Sadly, his angry-at-everything personality really grated on me. For the first half of the book I disliked Ove and his unrelenting negativity. I'm all for railing against the stupidity of this modern world, but he got grumpy at EVERYONE for any little thing. He was an uptight stickler. It's only when the story delves in his past that he can be viewed with more affection and understanding. He hates the world because he no longer feels he is apart of it. Loneliness has made him hard and once you understand that, he is likeable and sympathetic. His little friendship with the neighbour's daughter in the latter part of the story is genuinely endearing.

I agree with reviewers who have mentioned that the characters and storylines are simplistic and unrealistic. To me, the author writes with the tone and rhythm of a fable and so the simple narrative is fine in that context. I liked Ova and his neighbours, but not initially. A lot of them are annoying or too one-dimensional to be truly engaging. However, by the book's end I was accustomed to their world and was sad to say goodbye. It's an imperfect novel but enjoyable nonetheless. What I appreciate about this book is that it's a timely reminder that the elderly aren't treated particularly well. A Man Called Ove gives this largely invisible demographic visibility, empathy and a voice. Read the book, then go give your grandparents a visit. They might need it more than you know.

Hilarious, witty and blisteringly candid

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-2016

Ah, Carrie, I'm writing this review knowing that this wonderful woman died yesterday. I read Wishful Drinking with eager anticipation when it was first published... BIG mistake. To truly enjoy the full colour and depth of this book you must purchase the audio version. Carrie's voice may not hold the youthful softness it once had, but none of her warmth, wit or loveliness has been lost. Her anecdotes are hilariously told and not once does she let you pity her many misfortunes. As she herself will tell you, she's had a good life- just a shame it ended all too soon. RIP Carrie, the world is a little greyer without you.

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