Great writing, great narration, engrossing story. This book is a great model of what audiobooks should be. Kevin R. Free's narration is fantastic - it's great to hear younger voices as narrators, who bring a freshness and vitality to the audiobook genre. And Dan Charnas's story is both comprehensive and fascinating. Bravo on all fronts!
It's coo-ture, not coe-ture. She gets it right with "boutique," so not sure how "couture" got off the rails. Otherwise, an entertaining story.
As opposed to other "33 1/3" books, this one is not primarily about "Meat Is Murder," but instead is the author's tale of high school angst, with the LP playing only a supporting / inspirational role. There is no background information on the making of the LP, just a sprinkling of the author's thoughts on the songs.
The narrator's voice is fine, but stating "quote" and "unquote" at the beginning and end of EVERY quote, no matter how minor, disrupts any flow and is extremely distracting, especially in a book that is extremely reliant on quotes. I wanted to finish this, but after 2 hours, gave up because of this peculiar and irritating style.
There are far too few audiobooks addressing African-American history, especially those not focused on Dr. King and the mid 60s era. For me, who is coming to this genre with only general knowledge, it really whets my appetite for more. I was afraid that by calling it a "narrative history," that the author would more or less just link quotes together, but it is presented as a chronological history that is more helpful to novices such as myself. The author presents the material in a relatively objective manner, which adds to the book's accessibility. A very valuable work.
I enjoyed the interweaving of the more familiar events in the US with the events in both Western and Eastern Europe - it gave a fresh summary and perspective to a year that's been oft-covered.
Rob Shapiro would have been great. The narrator was quite irritating with his mispronunciations.
I hesitated to download this one because of the comments about the narrator, but did anyway because the author/story seemed promising. Glad I did - the narrator is rather awful, but the book was still worth it. And if you've listed to
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