No, it might have been had a professional read the book. It's a rare talent and generally authors don't have it. This is an example. It sounded like "pressured speech". Barbara Kingsolver, Simon Winchester, Alexander McCall-Smith and John Le Carre' can do it, but most authors should leave it to the professionals
Definitely YES, if he did not read it.
The pace/cadence. Again, it seemed like "pressured speech. Way too slow and the sentences did not flow appropriately.
I don't think so. It might depend on the cast.
I've listened to over 900 books in the past several years and I've come to appreciate what a talent "performing" a book is.
Few writers should read their own books. Think Simon Winchester, Bill Bryson and Barbara Kingsolver as three that do an excellent job. David Maraniss' audio book would benefit greatly by allowing a professional to read his comphehensive, fascinating book. The research is unrelenting,the resultant information juxtaposed masterfully to reveal the interconnections between the President, his parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents. But Mr. Maraniss' voice is not suitable for such a task. Few voices are, so some things are best left to the professionals.
I loved reading about "Barry's" foibles at Occidental College. A typical undergraduate who found his direction and never looked back. He owes a lot to the "motley crew" who helped shape his world view.
As mentioned above, Mr. Marianiss' voice is not the best for undertaking such a read. It frequently trails off requiring a rewind. I think it's enough that he wrote this thorough, exhaustive and entertaining biography. Leave the rest to the professionals.
Since the book is 20+ hours, listening to it in one sitting is pretty much impossible. It is worth every minute, however.
I do appreciate the research that went into this book. I do not recommend the audio version, but would most definitely recommend the print version.
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