I hope I never see the day when I don’t love something Jojo Moyes writes. I just finished reading (with my ears) After You which is the follow up to the glorious ugly cry of a novel that was Me Before You (review.) It was pretty great. Uh, spoiler alert. Or something? Do I ever actually surprise anyone with my reviews? I mean, I can lead with “I liked it” or “It sucked” right? This isn’t school, I can do what I want!
If you didn’t read Me Before You go do that right now. Our lovely Lou is still kind of reeling after the events of the previous book. She’s struggling to create a new life for herself, and frankly, she’s failing miserably. It’s okay, Lou, we all still love you. Sometimes things have to fall apart (again) in order for people to move forward and Louisa Clark is one plucky protagonist, believe you me. There are elements that seem a little melodramatic… Well, maybe a lot melodramatic. The thing about Jojo Moyes is that she can pull it off. Louisa isn’t a ridiculous soap opera vixen, so her reactions to some of the things that befall her are pretty amusing. It’s like “oh, I’m a normal British gal, but all this weird crap has happened and seriously, how would YOU react?”
So yeah. Basically, I loved this book, I love Louisa Clark, I love Jojo Moyes, and I love audio books. I though the narrator was fabulous, but the teeny tiny bit of American accent she had to do? It sounded really weird. I certainly couldn’t do any better, my British accent sounds farcical and wouldn’t fool anyone (except that telemarketer that one time. I told him I was the nanny. Because Mary Poppins. I am not a good person.) There have been many times when I’ve been fully fooled by an excellent British actor’s American accent. I can think of a number of times when I was all “oh holy crap, that guy has a fancy accent” when seeing said actor on a talk show, so I have operated under the mistaken assumption that American accents are easy-peasy and/or all British people are good at everything ever. I shouldn’t expect audio book narrators to be good at ALL THE ACCENTS. It just bears mentioning.
Okey Dokey, Bookworms. Tell me. What is your native accent? Can you easily detect when people are faking it?
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