god no! The narrator is painful to hear. He has a British accent, but that is where the similarities between Hitch and Prebble end. I assume that the narrator is familiar with Hitch's awesome spoken eloquence; I certainly am. It is because of my familiarity with Christopher's cadence and feeling. That feeling is present in the text, and in my head when I read his text to myself, I had fully expected this narrator to make an attempt towards recreating it. Sadly, he did not. The narrator raced through the text until the text eventually lost all meaning and feeling. Rarely has there been such a poignant written work been so egregiously reduced by the act of being read out load.
When Prebble stopped speaking.
He robbed the work of its emotion and eloquence by reading so quickly that the word ran ceaselessly in one ear and out the other.
Yes. It made me sad that this work was so badly performed. I Wish I had just read the hard copy version of the book.
The in-depth analysis of HK and the times in which he operated.
This narrator, and others, always seem to screw up the reading of Hitch's material. Although the material is fluid and can be read quickly, it should not be read in this way. Hitch wrote it using his voice, and that includes pauses and a particular meter and timber that all narrators seem to miss. This narrator did no worse or better than any other narrator that I have experienced thus far, but the narrator's inability to find Hitch's voice for this work detracts from the work. A narrator of CH's material should be forced to listen to 20 hours of Hitch's speeches, or the audio books he personally narrated, in order to get a feel for the way that it should be read. This material is not a meeting brief, it is a work that deserves to voiced using (as close to as possible) the voice of the author. Unlike most authors, there is a substantial amount of available material out there that can be used as research fodder by the narrator.
I think that Hitch said it best when he termed Kissinger as an elderly villain. I would simply tag it as "The elderly villain"
Audible should stop making audio-book versions of Hitch's material unless it is willing to invest in its narrator's the time to research how to narrate this material. I would liken the current crop of narrators to John Moschitta in how they deliver the content.
In order for this to be a 4 or 5 the book would need to be re-written, and the narrator would need to be a more mature sounding voice. Some audio books are flawed because it is poorly produced, and others because the story is just complete crap. This audio book fails on every level. The story is science fiction written by someone that doesn't understand how to build a world that doesn't exist. The narrator reads as if she is a 17 year baby sitter reading to her charges. For me science fiction is best when it is treated maturely by both the writer and the narrator.
Hopefully this book has not turned me off to other books in this genre; we shall see. i was turned onto this book by listing to the Felicia Day podcast Vaginal Fantasies. I now worry that Felicia's suggestions for books aren't worth heeding.
The narrator sounded like a 17 year old girl reading to her prepubescent charges. She over did the inflections, and her character voices were comical.
I felt utter and complete disappointment, and confusion about how something this bad could pass editing. I also felt angry at myself for spending my hard earned money on this crap. i wish I could get my money back.
Mrs Aguirre should keep her writing south of the border. This book should be deported to Mexico.
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