Theroux's gentle misanthropy takes a sinister turn with the narration. The accents are painful listening. This narrator has been good with other material, but his similar, consistent, almost clownish characterization makes everyone the author meets seem to be a buffoon or evil. This is evidently not what Theroux intended. I fault the producer's selection of narratorial voice. Literally.
I wanted so much to listen to this book, but the narration makes it unlistenable. Why is there this trend toward extremely over-enunciated narration. It's irritating. Such an important book and it sounds as if a computer was used to tape it. Every single plosive t or p just popping like a pair of castanets . . ..
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