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Did not fully engage me
Narrator was good, I would like to hear him how he does with a different book. But I found that there was just too much tummy button gazing, headaches and dizzy spells for the story to really hold my attention all the way through and the main character was starting to get on my nerves! Similar to another reviewer, I had expected to enjoy it more than I did.
Easy and enjoyable listen, not badly written but an excellent narrator who makes the most of the text in front of him. Each character is easy to spot from the tone, accents and dialects used by the narrator...
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Quirky and Magical
A thoroughly enjoyable book, intelligently written, an absorbing listen. The narrator was excellent, although I thought took a couple of chapters to get into his stride, very good characterisation with dialects etc. A book that you think about both whilst it is playing and after you have finished listening..lots of layers, more complex than it seems on the surface. Excellent! I look forward to Natasha Pulley's next book..
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Horrendous Narrator - where is Nigel Anthony?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Just one of the worst narrators I have heard on Audible, very little intonation or characterisation to my mind, and not a patch on Nigel Anthony who has performed the other books in the Colin Cotterill series and is, for me, the voice of Dr Siri.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
A little long winded
Well narrated but very detailed and was over long in my view. A strong and detailed sexual content focussing on both good and bad elements, which you need to be comfortable with, to a certain extent, to fully enjoy the book. Got a bit tired of it all to be honest as the book wore on. Good historical context, might be easier to listen to if you are doing something else at the time, but not if you are fully concentrating on the book. I will not be listening to any other book in the Overlander series, or by this author, although I will look up the narrator.
An easy listen
Well written and excellently narrated by Clare Corbett, this is a an easy, gentle listen.
The pace is steady, having said that, there is not much really in the story to get your teeth into..and I did find myself wishing for the end sooner than it arrived. You do find yourself wishing that the Empress would get her hair cut at various stages of the book...so not so diffiult for the mind to wander!
The story did make me look up the various real life characters 'loosely' represented in the story, so I did learn a few new things, which is always good.
I am not sure if I will listen to another Daisy Goodwin novel, but I will certainly look up for other reads from this narrator, as she did an outstanding job.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It is a real pity, but I just did not think that the narrator was a good choice for this book.
The tone of her voice, poor intonation and almost total lack of characterisation, just did not do the novel justice in my view. A shame....
My first Maeve Binchy and I loved it...excellent narration, absolutely superb accents and characterisation. Good story..very enjoyable listen. I will certainly read some more,from Maeve Binhy, pity they have not used the same narrator, as I will look out for her as well.
Not as good as previous books
Well read by the author but with a hero, to my ears, who sounds exactly like Shrek, which unfortunately I found enormously off putting.
This was just not as good as some of his previous books, I was a little disappointed. There are some parts where the narration is done through some kind of echo chamber, very irritating and difficult to understand what is being said the first time but this does become easier as the book progresses..the level of echo is diminished.
A Bit too Gory for me
Well written and very descriptive, and superbly read by the narrator...his characterisations are superb..5 stars for the narrator and 3 for the novel...just too gory and violent for me this one....Not as interesting as the first novel in the series for example...more linear..which is a shame..
1 of 1 people found this review helpful