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Eric

San Anselmo, CA, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade - and How We Can Fight It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Batstone
    • Narrated By Michael McIlhonnie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Award-winning journalist David Batstone reveals the story of a new generation of 21st century abolitionists and their heroic campaign to put an end to human bondage. In his accessible and inspiring book, Batstone carefully weaves the narratives of activists and those in bondage in a way that not only raises awareness of the modern-day slave trade, but also serves as a call to action.

    Roy says: "Up from Slavery"
    "Poorly Written"
    Overall

    The narration is good, the research seems good, but the writing is extremely poor. One example from 47:59: "The distribution of wealth is not being evenly distributed." (This sentence should of course read "Wealth is not evenly distributed) Gaffes of this sort heavily pepper the book, as do the sort of awkward phrasing and unprofessional style you'd expect from the average high school student term paper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life of Samuel Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Boswell
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Samuel Johnson's place in history was assured by his Dictionary of the English Language, the first comprehensive English lexicography, but he was also the leading scholar and critic of his age. He is as celebrated for his brilliant conversations as for his writing, which first appeared in London magazines around 1737. In 1763, Johnson met James Boswell and by 1791 The Life of Samuel Johnson appeared.

    Eric says: "Great book, mechanical reading"
    "Great book, mechanical reading"
    Overall

    After listening to this monotonous, droning narrator, it occurred to me that he sounds just like Steven Hawking's voice emulator. Especially at the ends of senences. I actually checked the credits to see if they had used a voice emulator to make this recording. They did not, but they might as well have.

    On the plus side, the words are very distinct and clear, a must for a recording available only as a 1 or resampled 2. If you can stay awake and focused during the drone, you won't miss a word, but a work as dense and at times dry as this great book could have used a more "involved" rendition. This narrator seems to have absolutly no knowledge of nor concern for the meaning of what he reads - thus the voice-emulator style. (He also mispronounces English place names, but that's to be expected).

    Book: 4.5 stars
    Execution: 1

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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