This book reads like the work of an articulate but gullible graduate student's first draft of a theses. It is filled with self-evident assumptions dressed up as deep analysis. Repeatedly the author makes statements as to what Wharton thought and why she acted that are based only on the author's imaginings based on convenient and popular reductions of psychological theory.
The lack of facts.
I don't hold the author's lack of education against her; she is quite forthcoming about not having a college degree. And this is a subject that both women and men need to learn more about: the damage done by childish, self-centered males and the lack of insight in the court system. I don't especially have a problem with the grammatical errors, the misused words, and the cliches. It is the amateurish narration that makes this audio book so poor. It is hard to believe that the narrator has recorded 4 other books on Audible. She has a monotone which is made much worse by her apparent unwillingness to read the book to herself before reading it to others. Wherever a clause ends, the reader treats it as if it were the end of the sentence. If it turns out the sentence goes on, she pauses and then continues as if she hoped we won't notice. In fact there are lots of pauses...after clauses, after phrases, and after sentences. She too has a limited education (Lamaze becomes Lahmahzee) but the most worst part is that the editor was asleep. Countless times a sentence is repeated as if the reader expected the first iteration was to be edited out later. This becomes more apparent when the reader makes a mistake, makes two quick tongue clucks, presumably to notify the editor to delete the previous sentence through the tongue cluck, and then repeats the sentence again. This kind of high school production is fine for a freely available, open commons book site but not at all acceptable at these prices. I suggest that a professional reader be hired to rerecord this book and, while they are at it, they could edit for grammar and word choice.
Just about anyone would have been better...even Thing One or Thing Two.
Nathaniel Parker's characters are stunning. Accents, toning, even breath sounds make Hardy's world so real as to seem to belong to the listener.
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