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What would have made Queen of Always better?
The story was great - I was so intrigued by the series that I finished listening to the 3 books within 3 days. While this story loosely based on the life of Catherine the Great was very interesting, it was completely ruined in this book by the poor production and narration.
From the first minute of the audio book, there was annoying background noise and an echo, which seems like it was not recorded in a proper studio and the sound editing was either poor or just non existent.
The narration was at times very rushed, with extremely poor phrasing and pauses in weird places that chopped up sentences in inappropriate places. Because of this, sometimes some words could not be heard clearly. The announcement for each chapter also sounded like a machine voice.
The narration also made Catherine sound ditzy, fickle, or sarcastic at times when it should not have sounded that way given the context, and made other characters sound really stupid - especially Peter (yes he can be stupid, but he didn't need to sound that way).
The narrator for book 1 and 2 was very good, so it was extremely disappointing that they changed to a different narrator for book 3. If I wasn't so intent on finding out the rest of the story, I would have stopped listening from Chapter 1.
What did you like best about this story?
The way that Catherine always rises above her circumstances no matter what comes her way or what cruelty or heartbreak she endures. She is inspiring.
Would you be willing to try another one of Michelle Tuscan’s performances?
Absolutely not. I have listened to many audio books, and this book was by far the worst narration I have ever heard.
Any additional comments?
It is incredibly frustrating when the narrator is changed in the same series. It is fine when there is a different narrator for a different character, but if the story is still about the same character, the narrator should not change - unless they are really bad, in which case it would be better to record again from the beginning with a good narrator. It is such a shame that a good story is ruined by poor narration and production.
What did you love best about Queen of Always?
The History of it and the telling of Sophia (Aka Catherine the Greats) life before fame
What was one of the most memorable moments of Queen of Always?
That Catherine got the ending that she needed
Have you listened to any of Michelle Tuscan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No I haven't but I will now she was really good reading this book
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes I did I was crying for Catherine and hating Peter for what he did to her
Any additional comments?
I got this audio for a honest review from Sherry. This was a very good and emotional book based on some true facts and spun into a great story about one of Russia's greats Queens Catherine the Great. This book was well written
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, great series with a wonderful heroine that stays strong in the face of all adversity.
What didn’t you like about Michelle Tuscan’s performance?
She was decent at keeping with what had been previously established by the first and second book's narrators. However, the sound quality was tinny and uneven. The hard vowels were very harsh into the microphone and the quality (or lack thereof) was definitely missing. Disappointing.