I had heard of this book many years ago but didn't get around to it until the hype surrounding the movie came forward. What a disappointment! It followed the same tired MontyPythonesque British comedy formula of creating perfectly ridiculous circumstances and having the participating adults take it seriously. Hijinks ensue. OK for 15 minutes, but tiresome after that. I didn't expect depth with this comedy, but I did expect a bit more substance.
I listened to 1776 read by the author, enjoyed it, and came to know the author's style which was direct and plain. However, the reader for John Adams uses so much vocal inflection, which is uncharacteristic of McCullough and incompatible with the writing style, that this audiobook sounds perfectly ridiculous. Get a reader more attuned to the writing style or buy the printed word on this one.
I read this book when it first came out, and listened to it on audio recently. It moved me just as much now as it did then. The narrator is easily understood and makes the occasional Zulu words sound easy.
This is a good book, but the quality of the audio is horrible. This is not a narrator problem, it is a technical problem. I have not had any such problem with any other audio books.
I have always wanted to read Anna Karenina but was intimidated by the length of the book. The audible format was appealing and I thought I could take it in pieces. While I overall enjoyed the writing, and the narrator did a fine job, there were many, many sections that dragged horribly and in retrospect seemed to detract from the themes and messages of the book, such as the dreadful passages discussing the mechanics of the political process. I usually prefer unabridged, but in this case I'd make an exception.
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