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What could have been an entertaining enough story (even if I was shouting at the stupid, illogical lead character decisions at times), was absolutely ruined by the narrator's unbelievably terrible attempts at Welsh / English accents. I cannot fathom why you would get an American to narrate a book, at least 50% of which includes dialogue by non-American characters, who has no aptitude for foreign accents and has clearly never even bothered to listen to a Welsh accent, never mind English accents. His appalling (and frankly insulting) attempts at accents completely distracted me from the story so much that I just couldn't get into it. And to top it off, as he was clearly having so much trouble doing the accents, all the characters spoke so slowly that they all seemed to have learning difficulties. His one attempt at an Irish accent (speaking as an Irish native myself) was equally pathetic. Do not waste your money on this terrible audiobook!!!
82 of 83 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Ransom Riggs or narrated by Jesse Bernstein?
I would try another book by Ransom Riggs; indeed I'd quite like to finish this one, but Mr Bernstein's Welsh/British/Dick Van Dyke/Goodness, Gracious Me accent made me want to shove a sharpened screwdriver into my ear canal, so I have had to abandon it as my grimacing was scaring fellow tube passengers.
I guess that answers the second question?
Who was your favorite character and why?
Didn't get that far. None of the pseudo Welsh characters, suffice to say.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?
Didn't get that far.
Any additional comments?
For the love of God, if you have Welsh characters in a book, why not employ WELSH actors as voice artists? Ever heard of Rhod Gilbert? Ioan Gruffudd? Rob Brydon? Goldie fricking Lookin Chain?
My cat could do a better job than Jesse Bernstein and HE'S got a harelip. Just AWFUL.
53 of 54 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed the story and characters, and Jesse Bernstein does a fantastic job as the main character. Unfortunately his accents and voices for other characters were pretty terrible. Until the very end, when I was so absorbed by the story I didn't care, I dreaded every time Emma or Miss Peregrine needed to speak.
105 of 113 people found this review helpful
the book was great but the narrator sucked. I barely made it through the book.
39 of 42 people found this review helpful