Still, I’m mostly enjoying the audiobook. As I mentioned, Beach Music does have a good story going for it, and while it will never replace (for me) sitting or lying down with a book in my hands, hearing a story told aloud definitely has an appeal. I’ve listened to audiobooks before, but this is my first that was narrated by Frank Muller, one of the most prolific and considered one of the best audiobook narrators (unfortunately, due to an accident, Muller will likely never narrate another). He’s wonderful to listen to, for the most part. His pronunciation is clear and crisp, and he speaks with a rhythm and tone that places him firmly in the background. The only thing that bothers me is when he raises the pitch of his voice for female dialogue. Each character has a distinct voice, which is nice (and some of the voices are quite good), but the female voices are a little jarring. Still, he doesn’t overdo it, and besides that it’s a joy to hear him read.
UPDATE: What we've learned this evening: the Microsoft Word Add-In is not so good, at least not for posts consisting of bulleted items like this one. Now we know, and knowing is half the battle.