Just So Stories is an amazing book. My parents read it to me, and I read it to my kids. I've always liked Carl Reiner, so I picked this version. The reading is AWFUL!!! First issue: one might think Reiner was on a clock. He races through the stories so fast it's sometimes hard to follow. And, Just So Stories are best read slowly, with rhythm.
Second issue: Reiner does not correctly read the story. As an example, in the reading of The Elephant's Child, Kipling, when referring to the Limpopo River, repeats the phrase "great grey green greasy Limpopo RIver, all set about with fever trees". It is sing-songy, and the alliteration is great for a child. Reiner never reads it the same way twice, rushing through, leaving out words, and adding the word grassy on occasion. I can't believe some editor didn't correct this. It is HORRIBLE!
I've had Audible books I didn't like. I have many I've not finished. But, I never felt ripped-off before. I want my money back!!! The reading is AWFUL!!!
I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this work. I'll be looking for more from this author.
The story is deep and complex. It brought me back - I wanted to keep reading because I wanted to understand - and it is an intricate plot that spans centuries. I recommend you give it a try - now - while it still has an introductory price. Don't use a credit, just buy it, you won't be disappointed.
I would not recommend anyone waste their time with this tripe. O'reilly is so self-righteous and self-congratulatory, that this is just plain hard to listen to.
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