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Stephen

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  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Common (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885, Thus Spoke Zarathustra is the most famous and influential work of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The work is a philosophical novel in which the character of Zarathustra, a religious prophet-like figure, delivers a series of lessons and sermons in a Biblical style that articulate the central ideas of Nietzsche's mature thought.

    Stephen says: "Great book, poor audio performance"
    "Great book, poor audio performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John Lee has a very rich, mellifluous voice, but the reading he delivers here is unengaged and extremely sloppy. One gets the distinct impression that he has no familiarity with the material at all, and has not made any attempt to prepare himself. For example, he does nothing to register the voices of different characters, and repeatedly reads questions as though they were regular sentences (almost as though he didn't notice the question mark until it was too late). Instead of a nuanced, attentive performance, we get an extremely monotonous reading that never varies from a crisp, polished 'high style'--doing absolutely nothing to capture the exuberant energy and variety of Nietzche's prose. In short, it sounds very much like an automated 'robo-reader' with an Oxford accent.

    The book itself, on the other hand, is lots of fun and a must-read for anyone interested in Nietzche's philosophy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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