This seems to be a recording of an early edition (entitled "Why England Lose"), so it doesn't include the revisions and additional chapters of more recent versions. Still, it's an interesting book, and the narrator does a great job at imitating foreign accents. Ultimately, the number-crunching may be a bit much for English majors -- those might want to wait for an audiobook version of Franklin Foer's "How Soccer Explains the World."
PKD's odd little alternate history reads like a precursor to Pullman's HDM trilogy. Unfortunately, the narrator, in spite of having a German last name, is woefully incompetent at pronouncing even the most obvious words (e.g. "Partei") or names (e.g. Goebbels). The least you could expect from a professional production is for some intern to do five minutes' research to look up the proper pronunciation of a dozen unfamiliar words and names.
Chris Patton narrates his heart out in an attempt to breathe some life into Stephen Baxter's mostly dry prose. In consequence, the accents are hilariously over the top -- every Scottish character sounds like Begbie from Trainspotting, and you can practically see Patton wear yellowface when performing the Chinese rocket scientist.
While some of the other reviews show that the narrator is not universally popular, I could listen to David Case (aka Frederick Davidson) read the London phone book. Darwin's prose is notoriously dry, but read by this narrator listening to the Origin of Species is not only intellectually exciting but an aural delight.
It's fair to call Lahiri an American writer; therefore there's nothing wrong with having a non-South Asian American as a narrator. However, I do wish Ms. Novak had done a little more research about the pronunciation of Indian words (Dixit, Laxmi, Lucknow, etc.).
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