Please note, this is not a full review!!! I am a Neal Stephenson fan, and I just began listening to this book this morning on the way to work. I don't believe the issue I'm writing about will ruin the book for me, but it is a pretty annoying failure on the part of Audible, the producer of the audible version of this book.
To the point, the initial character, Cozzano, is from a place in Central Illinois named Tuscola. I grew up in Central Illinois, and know of what I speak.
In the Audible production, narrator Oliver Wyman pronounces "Tuscola" as "TOOS - ca - la". The proper pronunciation is "tuss - KO - la" (with a long oh sound).
In preparing for this production, all it would have taken is a quick call to the Tuscola, IL city hall to ensure that the audio experience was satisfying. As an audio experience, this mispronunciation makes me cringe a little each time I hear it. Audible, please do your research before releasing an audio book.
As I said, this small issue will not prevent me from continuing to read the book, but it is an example of sloppy production. Otherwise, Mr. Wyman has, so far, done a wonderful job narrating, and do not necessarily hold this issue against him (unless, of course, it was his responsibility to ensure proper pronunciations). Wyman's voice is easily listened to and understandable, enhancing the audio experience thus far.
I am excited to continue listening to this book, and once completed, I promise to write a proper review.
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