Unfortunately, this recording is seriously marred by a loud and obnoxious Audible advertisement that starts IMMEDIATELY after the book is done. It is startling and incredibly out of place, especially considering the nature of this audiobook.
Audible absolutely needs to release an updated version, changing nothing save removing this offensive advertisement, and this would be a fantastic recording!
This is a well-selected collection of Alan Watts' lectures. The audio quality varies a bit, and is never crystal clear, but that is the nature of this material.
The content is well presented and there are short, modern audio breaks between the lectures.
If I had to offer a criticism it would be I would like the audiobook chapters to match the content sections - they don't seem to be related and it is a minor annoyance. Minor indeed, but that is the worst flaw I can point out with this superb series of lectures.
The content is what it is - the traditional sayings of the Buddha. It's excellent and worth listening to over and over. I won't dwell on that - if you know what it is you know what it is and if you don't I encourage you to give it a listen and find out!
On to specific issues with this particular recording:
This translation struck me as very competent, if slightly awkward at a few places, which I think boils down to the use of British English over American English? Nothing major.
The reader is just fine -- except for one minor point -- there is too much sibilance (this is the "hissing S" or "whistling" sound some of the other reviews note).
This is absolutely the audio engineer's fault for not taking steps to deal with this issue in the recording process (called "de-essing"). I have other books with the same reader, and they do not exhibit the same problem. (I also happen to have some experience with audio production, so I know where to lay the blame in this specific case.)
I don't think this renders the end result un-listenable, but it does detract from the experience. The publisher should correct this audio and it would be near-perfect expression of what it attempts to be.
I enjoy passionate narrators. Great content is also a good thing.
If you are like me and haven't read this book before then I would recommend skipping the intro. I had the misfortune of listening to it and it gave deep meanings of the book which I couldn't help but look for at every point in the book.
Good book though.