Continuing responses to Richard Armitage in Wanderlust

Readers Together: “This was a dual narration with Grace Grant and Richard Armitage, I really feel their voices complemented each other. They both performed the entire book brilliantly, especially considering the array of accents within the story. […] Richard Armitage was a perfect Griffin, I was on the fence, to begin with, as noted above [reviewer doesn’t think British heroes are romantic], but he really performed him beautifully, the vulnerability side of his character really shone through. Obviously, having a Brit perform a Brit was the best choice, even though the bulk of the story included the correct usage, still nothing quite like hearing those words from a native (so to speak). Please, please everyone take note of the pronunciation of the word twat, this is important. It loses all meaning when you say it wrong.”

All About Romance (this review is worth reading in its entirety):” [Richard Armitage’s] presence as co-narrator of this story is a big draw, and also of course, he does a terrific job. […[ both performers have to be able to convincingly portray members of the opposite sex and get to exercise their facility for accents – and I’m happy to say that both Mr. Armitage and Ms. Grant don’t disappoint on either count.  […] Richard Armitage is fabulous as Griffin; it’s not just his lovely voice that captivates, he also brings a real sense of warmth and depth to the character and his vocal acting is superb.  You can hear the laughter in his voice when called for, and he picks up on even the smallest emotional nuance, bringing Griffin to life as a fully rounded individual.  It’s an excellent performance all round – and in case you’re wondering, he throws himself into the naughtier moments with gusto, so make sure you’re not driving or operating complex machinery when you get to those points in the listen or you may run the risk of serious injury!  Unlike Ms. Grant, however, he doesn’t really use pitch to differentiate between characters, opting instead to differentiate by means of timbre and accent.  This means that the women in the story are pitched in the same register as the men for the most part, although fortunately, there is no difficulty in distinguishing between them. [¶]  Both narrators also do a tremendous job when it comes to the French-accented English spoken by many of the secondary characters.  It could be so easy to slip into an exaggerated, ‘Inspector Clouseau’  type of comedy accent, but neither does that and those characters sound exactly as they should.  The one thing I thought was a bit strange, though, was that although Griffin’s mother is French, Mr. Armitage doesn’t give her a French accent; she only appears twice, so it’s not a big deal, but it still seemed odd. [¶] Richard Armitage and Grace Grant are superb narrators – but those things can’t save what is, essentially, a mediocre story.  I suspect many will be listening to Wanderlust because of Mr. Armitage’s involvement, and if you’re in it for that gorgeous voice pouring naughty things into your ears, then I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.”

Book Twins Reviews: “Richard Armitage and Grace Grant’s performances are flawless.”

My Tiny Obsessions: “It was my first audiobook by both Grace Grant and Richard Armitage, and I was very pleasantly surprised by both. Such a contrast, but somehow they complimented each other quite nicely. […]  Richard Armitage had a super sexy voice and accent  (especially on the hot bits…).”

~ by Servetus on February 13, 2018.

2 Responses to “Continuing responses to Richard Armitage in Wanderlust”

  1. That’s a nicely balanced review in “All about Romance”.


    • I thought that was a really smart review — and a breath of fresh air for me. In terms of everything I have read in romance blogs the last few days, it seems like the discursive options I have read are really limited. That review gave me a lot of different perspectives to think about and taught me something about how a reader who enjoys this genre might go about consuming a book like this.

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