Like others have said in reviews, the reading of the big book here is pretty off the mark. Many times throughout this audiobook, I thought that maybe audible had recorded a person speaking individual words and somehow automated that to produce an audiobook. I wasn't sure if this was an actual person at times--the poor inflection and intonation was very difficult to look past. Whoever did the reading has probably done voice work for commercials. Every sentence it was making a pitch, instead of trying to convey something. This recording is how I figure a telephone book would sound if someone tried to do a reading of that. After hearing this book read so many times by so many different people, it was really disappointing to hear this read so tactlessly. If this person were in a meeting, people would probably laugh and ask him what he's doing there--he doesn't fool anybody.
As for the quality of the recording, it is very low. It is very compressed and similar in quality to audio that is streamed off the internet. I hope most audible books are not like this; if so it is much more worth it to go to your local library and find a cd version of your book there.
This is an important book. In the end it's not about the reading, quality, or the reader, but instead about the message. If you can look past these many surfaces, you will get something from this. However, as it is, this is a challenge here as the recording itself continuously intercedes and breaks the continuity or flow of the book when ever and if ever it does develop.
This is the worst audio book I have ever heard. For such a book as this, it truly deserves a clear, honest, and well produced reading.
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