I am making every effort to listen past the inept narration of this work and remain focused on the substantive content. However, it is difficult to concentrate when it is read in such a clipped, boring and monotonic manner. The reader (author) places verbal emphasis on the wrong syllables in countless everyday words (just 2 examples: "subsequent" and "colonist" are pronounced "sub-SEE-quent" and "co-LON-ist," respectively). Similarly, sentences are read with the emphasis on the wrong words, making it more challenging than it ought be for the listener to comprehend their meaning in an audio format. Finally, the silly and melodramatic sound effects used to set off each short section are amateurish and distracting. These production shortcomings are unfortunate since the content itself is interesting. I have the greatest respect for the author's knowledge and presumed scholarship, but verbal pronunciation, narration and audio production are not among his strengths.
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