The Accidental Reader
Some good information is presented, but the narrator sounds like she is addressing a class at nursery school. Her insipid cadence is so annoying and insulting that my family demanded we turn it off after only about ten minutes. (I listened to the rest via headphones so as not to bother them). The first half is a follow-the-route tour, while the second half is devoted to general information. This should be reversed. Most buyers (those who want to force themselves to get through the juvenile voicing) will want to hear the general information. Few are going to want to listen to the route tour, because few are going to be driving that particular direction (south to north). The good parts are the snippets of dialog spoken by the geologists and the naturalists. But if you detest audio directed at very young children, you can probably skip this purchase, and just pick up that information in books. At the end of the presentation, the kindergarten-teacher type narrator lays on the political invective. The writers probably THINK they are giving both sides of the story. After all, they have told us all the good things about keeping the planet as natural as possible. And now they tell us the bad things about letting humans do with property as they wish. Case made. Slam dunk! They end by asking "which side are you on?" With zero discussion of liberty or what creates the prosperity which Americans expect, naturally the writers expect their infantilized audience to eat up their argument without asking a single question. I would recommended not purchasing this audio unless you happen to have a family full of very small children and you are prepared to offer some counterpoint to the preachy part at the end.