This is an entertaining and informative account of the Congress of Vienna. It is a good reminder that politicians and diplomats have always been up to no good and those of our own age are no worse than others. But why did the producers choose a narrator with little command of German pronunciation? One would think that would be a basic requirement. If you know any German, you will find this audiobook a truly irritating listen.
I prefer unabridged titles because abridged texts are often chopped up into nonsense. But this abridgement was well done with useful summaries to bring the listener along. That said, I still would rather have the entire work availble to me.
I expect the reader of a book about Beethoven to have a good idea of how to pronounce German correctly. That is not too much to ask from an audiobook. If you agree, then you do not want to buy this one. The reader's German was so incredibly bad I almost gave up listening. Be warned: save yourself some major irritation and read this one for yourself.
Shame on everyone who had a hand in the production of this audiobook. The reader could not correctly pronounce words in any language, including English. Where was the quality control? Why did the editors allow such stupid errors? How could they release such shoddy work for sale? How could audible.com agree to sell such an inferior product? Be warned: buy this title in print and read it yourself. Listening to it will only set your teeth on edge and raise your blood pressure.
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