The content was terrific--Peter Brown's incisive, insightful views on Late Antiquity are wonderfully stimulating. However, alas, listening was painful from beginning to end.
Brown looks at sources in a completely novel way, seeing things that I, at least, would never have seen about life and times. Focusing on wealth as the unifying theme was brilliant. Least interesting was some of the detail. It is a massive book to listen to--34 hours!
Absolutely not. Fleet Cooper is, I am sure, a sincerely committed performer and needs to make a living. My objections, I hope not to sound snarky, are the following: (1) He does not know how to pronounce French, German, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, or ancient Greek. When faced with a foreign phrase, he slips into a very pseudo-foreigner voice, then mispronounces almost everything--he murdered the Latin, in particular, in Brown's book. Everything seemed to come out as poorly accented Italian. (2) He does not know English pronunciation. His default is to put the accent on the next-to-last syllable when he doesn't know how to say a word (and, I would guess, he doesn't realize when he doesn't know...). I am simply astonished that an editor did not see how badly he mauls something on almost every page.
I am very distressed that Peter Brown, the greatest scholar of Late Antiquity alive today, and author of many influential books, was done such a disservice in the performance of this important book.
Before Audible hires a reader for a book that requires careful pronunciation, please, please they should have someone who knows correct pronunciation check the person's work--better yet, have the author check it. A great book is spoiled by poor reading, but worse than simply poor reading is pervasive mispronunciation of the text.
The sound quality was very poor in the question/answer period. VERY poor.
The format was mostly a waste of time. Questions from the audience were unenlightening, and answers were often evasive or shallow. Just have Elaine talk!
All the Q & A. The questions were random, the answers pat or simplistic, the sound quality was TERRIBLE. It was just the sort of poor use of time for learning that you see in most university lecture hall 'conversations'.
I would not recommend spending more than $.99 for this. It was poor value, even on sale. Buy her books--she is much better there!
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.