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.
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
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