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The idea for the story is promising. With proper research and the creation of engaging, convincing characters this book could have become an interesting and informative story about "Upstairs, Downstairs" in Russia at the onset of the October Revolution. Pity the execution is so poor, this book is not even entertaining.
Worse still, Susan Duerden's reading is terrible. Every sentence has the same intonation and contributes to a merciless singsong which ruins even those parts of the story that arouse a little interest. Miss Duerden's attempts at creating different voices are confined to her lowering her voice and sounding breathy. It is all so bad, in the end I just laughed and turned off. I would recommend that Miss Duerden listen to a performance by Rupert Degas who should give masterclasses teaching how to read a story and create a stunning variety of voices.
I shall return this book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Story was okay and might have been a little more enjoyable if it was not for the narrator. Not worth a credit.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about The Amber Keeper? What did you like least?
The story could have held my interest, but the narration's appalling. I kept wondering if your narrator is actually a robot. Although I enjoy audio books....I will be very careful to check as to who the narrator is before I order future books.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amber Keeper?
I can answer this better after I READ it.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Duerden?
Did The Amber Keeper inspire you to do anything?
yes..........to shut the sound off
Any additional comments?
I could have enjoyed this story. It had a very interesting start, and I'm sure that reading it will be a pleasure. I will read the written word to finish.............
7 of 8 people found this review helpful