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The Audio Book Guy - No Fluff. Just my honest opinion of the audio books I listen to.

Accent Matters - English English vs. American English

I have received a slew of audiobooks lately from my wonderful wife (shameless plug for www.jill-elizabeth.com).

As an aspiring writer and self-proclaimed bibliophile she was very excited for me to listen to one of her favorite authors, John le Carré.

I started with “Our Kind of Traitor”

It has been a very long time since I stopped an audiobook before the first disc ended, let alone the first chapter. It is not that I disliked the material, in fact I was looking forward to this book (who wouldn’t love a conspiracy between governments, the mafia and the Secret Service!) but the accent has me stopping every few minutes to hit the back button.

The accent was too…real. No offense to “English English”, I just couldn’t follow the thick accent.

I have listened to English accents such as Sweeney Todd and The String of Pearls and never had a problem, but after this experience I think I expect funny fake accents. The real deep English accent I just couldn’t understand.

I may have to get this book in (gasp) print to fully understand my lovely wife’s recommendation.

Let me know how accent has changed your view of a book in the comments!

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Our Kind of Traitor - John le Carre
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