I been listening to the audio WSJ for about 6 months now, and it is an important part of my daily routine (during my workout). Some impressions:
* Enjoy the grabbag nature of front page stories -- a good mix of current affairs and backgrounders.
* Heard on the Street is great - almost always fodder for ideas.
* The weekly rotation of Marketplace stories adds variety (Cubicle Culture, Tech Journal, & Science Friday are favorites).
* Narrator is good, although one short-term stand-in had me snoozing.
* The editorials are uneven, and not just because of my own (moderate) political inclinations. Many of the free trade/regulatory ones are well-reasoned and informative. However, the political ones are often shoddy and tiresome -- sometimes taken right from Ken Mehlmann's latest RNC talking points. Surely, the WSJ can do better?
* Personal journal is a bit fluffy, although it occasionally throws up a winner.
* Yesterday's Markets could be a little less numbers-focused, although it might be useful for some.
I was wary of adding a 30 hour title (this is the 1st of 2 volumes) to my listening basket, but I am so glad I did.
Mr. Davidson does an incredible job painting vocal "portraits" for each character -- pitch, intonation, class-specific accent, the works. I would love to know how he prepares each reading.
A few small quibbles as I have just finished up Volume 1, neither enough to lower my estimation of this title significantly:
1) The last few paragraphs of Chapter 22 (Emily & Martha at Peggotty-Barkis' house) are missing from the recording. Easily enough rectified at Gutenburg.org (page 295 of the online, English version of DC).
2) I felt Davidson's characterization of Uriah Heep was a touch overdone, but it's a matter of taste.
I'd give this title 6 stars if possible.
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