KENSINGTON, NH, United States | Member Since 2011
I love history, especially military history, but did not enjoy this classic by Livy very much because of the performance. Mr. Griffen's style seems to be to read as fast as possible with little inflection. He reads as though he is simply trying to get through the book quickly rather than trying to breathe life into this ancient text. He is capable of reading impressively fast, but he is very hard to listen to. He brought to mind the speed talker from the old Fed Ex commercials.
I have always enjoyed and respected William Hurt as a very professional actor. I feel as though he failed miserably in narrating this novel. He just does not seem to get Hemingway. He does not come close to the excellent narration Stacey Keach provides in the short stories or the narrator in For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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