This is a great book, but the reader, while for the most part okay, makes Robert E. Lee sound like a caricature of an affected, elderly southern decorator. Accents are not required for the characters in this book and it was an almost fatal mistake to have used them. I had tu quit list'nen 'bout thu tam ole Roburt E. Lee started talkin'... It was painful.... and so un necessary.
I can not imagine a better reader for this book than Donna Tartt. I had neither read the book, nor seen either movie version and now I probably won't. Tartt's accent is unvarying throughout the reading and while affected and poorly done accents can ruin a reading, her's never varies and fits the style and time of the book and the voice of the woman telling the story. One of my favorite audio books.
When you down load a five volume book you have to wonder how the reader is going to handle the material. Scott Brick pulled it off in great style, with no accents, affectations or gimmicks; he just let the events tell the story. The book is wonderful for students of American history, particularly the founding of the republic. Washington was such a big deal - seeming God-like - that his essence has almost been lost to us. It was fun to rediscover what made his so important to the founding of the United States. It was also useful to see the evolution of Washington's belief in the necessity of a strong Federal government.
The reader doesn't do justice to the accents as written by Twain, but he is a pretty good reader once you get used to the idea that he isn't going to do them. It is, of course, a great book.
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