This is neither a joke nor an exaggeration: I am less than two minutes into this audiobook, and the narrator has mispronounced three basic English words: furtive, stolidly, and direst. I have deleted it from iTunes and will read it instead.
I am less than twenty minutes into this recording, and the narrator has already mispronounced simple words like preface and clergyman. Really?
The book is a witty, intelligent, insightful and very interesting take on the English. The narration is shockingly amateurish. The book dwells at length on the importance of correct pronunciation among certain classes in Britain, and yet the narrator mispronounces numerous words from Leonid (as in Brezhnev) to Glyndebourne. The combination of her borderline-arrogant tone with these embarrassing gaffes makes the book itself seem less intelligent than it really is.
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