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One of the BEST listens I've had from Audible

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

Reviewed: 07-12-2019

Firstly .. Thank You Audible for offering this as a free listen.

Believable, engrossing story... I stayed up half the night because I could not stop before the end. Each of the everyday people who populated this book were credible, and rounded. I won't spoil the story for you, but it explores the murky waters of pedophilia and the level of guilt participants must wear. The performance was polished and effortless, never once jerking me out of the story with narrator blunders. The 'voices' of the characters were clearly differentiated and I believed each one.
DO TRY this one. It is a winner and I'm looking forward to more from Fiona Barton.

Narrator turned a biography into a comic listen

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

Reviewed: 02-09-2019

The actual text was interesting and factual. I would have given Ms Pasternak 5 * BUT the narrator, Laura Kirman, had the most extraordinary delivery... due to poor breath control I expect. Example: ".. her friends kept seeing her. As Bloom" instead of "her friends kept seeing her as Bloom ..." Long pauses for breath, or to let her eyes catch up, placed in ridiculous spots, made the text ridiculous.

Then... yes there is more... her pronunciation of well known words provided moments for the listener to laugh out loud. Examples: Maginot Line became "Mag (as in maggot) in ot (as in hot) Line". Marvellous! Then there was "Rude yard Kipling" for poor old Rudyard. An other laugh out loud moment came with "knob less oblige" Crepe (the fabric) became krep, cote d'azur became "kot d'azur" and the poor old Masons suffered their temples being called "Mace onic lodge"... which I will perhaps allow in some US accent... still a jolt out of the text and thus disturbing to the listener. Many, many more such atrocities are available for the listener who wants to be amused.

5* for funny but only 1* for accurate and non-distracting narration Ms Kirman.

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Irritating narration nearly had me returning this

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

Reviewed: 08-06-2019

I know the narrator was trying to give an impression of speaking slowly because it was a 2nd language, BUT it was SO slow and tortured I nearly gave up and returned the book. This really killed the book for me. If you like extremely slowwwwwww and toneless, narration you'll enjoy this. The subject matter was interesting and well written... a step down from the bodice ripping of Jean Plaidy. I enjoyed another book in this series .. Anne of Kleve and will check out the other books... omitting any with the same narrator.

My advice? Don't do it !

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

Reviewed: 16-12-2018

I can't really tell you what the story was because I kept getting jerked out of it by the hideous narration. It was something like Hyacinth Bouquet being winsome and coquettish and something like my great aunt Millie reading to kindergarten children and promising a really big surprise, won't that be fun children? I would recommend you listen carefully before selecting this to make sure you can handle the truly awfulness of it. My advice.... don't do it.

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