I would change the narrator: I have never heard one this bad. His horrific mispronunciation of words made me cringe. For example, he pronounced the word polemic as "pah-lemic" with the emphasis on the first syllable--it was so bad that I was baffled and didn't at first understand what he meant. This is but one of numerous examples of mispronunciations of common English words. His pronunciation of French terms on occasion caused me almost to drive off the road (I listen in my car)--made Peter Sellers's Inspector Clouseau seem like an expert linguist. I am shocked that there was no one overseeing this and no one to catch these really horrible mispronunciations--again of common English words.
Unfortunately, the most memorable moments were the reader's awful mistakes of pronunciation--extremely jarring and unpleasant.
See above--get rid of this reader and have someone else read the book. It is a magnificent work and deserves someone who knows how to pronounce common English words properly.
No-other than the other recent publications on the same era.
A magnificent, magisterial work horribly marred by an incompetent reader.
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