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Great story spoilt by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 07-02-2020

The story is brilliant. Lee Child is a great story teller, with unguessable plot twists, and he writes in a way that makes for compulsive reading. The narrator is dreadful. Each sentence is read out in the same way, with emphasis on the last few syllables, regardless of content or context. It's as if he has been giving a list of unconnected sentences to read out, and so he works his way down the list, in the correct order, but with no feeling or regard for the story. Its a pity, Ive read quite a few Lee Child books, and I was looking forward to working my way through the Jack Reacher novels from beginning to end on Audible, but I don't know whether I can stand the poor narration. I wish Audible had chosen a decent narrator.

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Great title. Plot could have been better

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

Reviewed: 16-09-2019

I was fascinated by the title. That was the best bit. The plot was a bit silly and lacked depth. The performance was very poor. The narrator stressed “x said” more than the content of what they said, making it hard to focus on the content.

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-08-2019

No plot and the first three quarters is boring - almost embarrassing. So different from his other work. Go back to the medium you are so good at, Craig!

Good story, poor performance

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

Reviewed: 01-07-2019

This is the fascinating true story of escaped convict William Buckley, dramatized and embellished by Craig Robertson. (A different Craig Robertson from the guy who wrote the forever series). Some seems to be based on Buckley’s own account, some is based on the writings of other authors. It is marred by a wooden performance. The reader seems to read the words while being unaware of the content, placing stress on inappropriate words in each sentence. For me, this ruined it.

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What a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 09-11-2017

I love ken follets’s writing, but the reader is terrible. Why on earth would audible employ someone reading it so mechanically, with no interpretation or feeling? I wondered if it was an AI algorithm, but apparently it is actually a human being. But I don’t think he took any notice of the words he was reading, and his inflections didn’t match the text. This was a total waste of money, I can’t stand listening to him any longer, and I guess I have to buy the book rather than an audible book.

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