Low in the top 30th percentile - content would be top 10% but the recording is almost unbearable.
I think she did a fine job although as an American, her accent makes her harder to understand. However it is truly the poor recording quality that makes this a problem. I'm an audio engineer myself, so these things irritate me greatly. If this was properly processed with eq and compression especially, it would be a MUCH more enjoyable listen probably 4 star)! Also, there is background noise like voices in the adjacent room. This is also distracting. I also think that the narrator's use of French and German accents are superfluous.
Somebody probably told her to do this to make it more interesting.
Did you know that Albert Einstein wrote to his friends in a fake German accent?
And Freud did, too.
Wrecks it completely for me. All I want to do is giggle.
These long books are perfect for audio, for long car trips or whatever, but this one is destroyed by phony accents.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
on the 20th century. A compelling read.
To right winged for me -- it was Ayn Rand version of History. Any thing left was criticized and all republicans were hailed. It really deserves more then one star for I did learn a lot but all the 5 star ratings needed sobering.
This book was good, as far as it went. However, I was disappointed that it was almost entirely a *political* history. Obviously that's a significant topic, but an era marked by huge social changes, themselves changed by technological factors such a mass instantaneous communications and birth control, there is much that would have been more interesting -- and relevant -- than which leaders were in power.
On top of that, I was frequently distracted by the reader's mispronunciation of many names.
I really cannot think of a way that this book could ever be made palatable. I picked it accidentally and noticed my mistake after the first few pages.
This is the second book I have downloaded by this same author. The first one was
The book was so obnoxious that it would have been hard to do but she succeeded somehow.
This is definitely a very sweeping book. The author takes a view somewhat counter to other histories I have read. While I learned alot, as I got more into material I was famliar with, I could more clearly see that the author has a very conservative view on history. Nixon's actions were not illegal, but extra legal, for example. 30 hours is also a very very long listen. So I am not sure if I could recommend this one.