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Best narrator I've ever heard!

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-03

I've been a fan of Georgette Heyer's novels since the 1980s, but The Nonesuch has never been a favourite. But listening to Eve Matheson read it has been an absolute pleasure. She was flawless, completely brilliant. I enjoyed this book tremendously, and I'll be using my credits on anything else she's done. A wonderful experience!

Hard to finish

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-15

I'm finding the super-charged intensity of the narrator to be exhausting. She seems so desperately excited to pound into our heads that THIS IS ALASKA, GUYS! IT'S SO COLD! IT'S SO WILD! IT'S NOT LIKE OTHER PLACES! that she's giving me a headache. She infuses every single sentence, every word, with such manic intensity that the story has already lost its impact and has ended up sounding like a middle-school drama class rehearsal. Her ferocity, combined with the strange sense that she's keeping her voice down in order not to wake up the people in the next apartment, is off-putting.

I'm giving the narrator 2 stars, rather than one, because at least she doesn't over-enunciate.

The story itself? Meh. I've slogged halfway through and can't find the energy to face the next 9.5 hrs. I've returned a few Audible books lately, so I don't want to return another one right away. I think I'll shelve this one for a while and come back to it in a year or so... maybe it'll improve over time.

10.5 hours you'll never get back

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-04

If you're a middle schooler who's dreaming of a white knight to ride in and save you from being misunderstood and lonely, this is a great choice for you. If you're over 30 and have lived a bit, you'll want to pass this one by. I was embarrassed when my dog walked in and caught me listening to this book. The narrators, however, are great.

Excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-14

I couldn’t stop listening — great story.

My only complaint is that I found Avery to be terribly annoying, and wished that the author spent less time spelling out her thoughts and feelings. I’m not sure if my dislike of Avery came from the narrator‘s singsongy inflection, or vice versa.

I loved Rill’s story, and her narrator was absolutely perfect. The author did a great job of realistically portraying the internal conflicts of traumatized child.

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-17

I absolutely loved this book: Kate Atkinson never disappoints, and the narration was superb. I only wish it had lasted much longer! Highly recommend.

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Good story, poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-23

This is the first Susan Meissner book I've read, and I'd like to read more. But I was confused as to why this story wasn't narrated by an English actor, since the vast majority of the action centres around English girls in England. The narrator's accent was all over the map! It was downright bizarre to hear young girls from Whitechapel portrayed as having the accents of upper class ladies (with a vaguely foreign flavour). She also read so slowly, with such extremely long pauses at commas, that I was going back and forth between 1x and 1.5x speed. So, so frustrating. I liked the novel, but this narrator... no.