The narrator was a great voice.
The problem was in the recording. Almost every book of the Iliad had a middle break in it where there would suddenly be a 5-15 second silence in the middle of a scene or sentence. Then after this it would get super quiet or much louder so you needed to keep adjusting the volume. It was pretty bad especially in the middle books where the amplitude of change in the volume was greatest.
It was nice to have the whole series together. Each book independent would lose much. Indeed, the end of Little Women would frustrate much more isolated from the rest of the series.
This was full of moral and practical instruction for life and parenting.
- averages 1 repeated sentence per chapter.
- Several points where the editing was forgotten as you can here a clicking and restart of a sentence.
- a few jumped sentences as a result of the editing
It wasn't terrible, but it was not smooth.
Also, O'Brien's character voices were difficult to differentiate quite often.
It would be a better audio book with narrations of explanation on some of the people in a commentary similar to the audiobook series
I don't think this a book well suited to the audio format unless you have a specialization in Italian Renaissance history so you know more of the people whom Dante mentions. Most of the people visited by Dante on his trip through the abodes of the afterlife are not well known even to a person with a history major (though I admitted focused on more ancient history). This difficulty would be averted by reading an actual book version with notes (like an oxford edition) to give better context to the various people mentioned.
Besides this difficulty people being skimmed-over throughout the work, it provides an interesting, narrative portrayal of the Catholic Church's doctrines both popular in that time and generally continuing into the present.
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.