I am a fan of Professor Lepore and read her articles in the New Yorker. All but one essay, and the introduction, are reprints from that magazine, I believe. The stories are engaging, and her prose style is very easy to following. I am not a huge fan of the narrator, Colleen Devine. She did, however, guide me to the correct pronunciation of Jacobian. I thank her for that. I have listened to many narrators, and have my favorites, like everyone else,
I was amazed to learn that the narrator added his own words, not in the text. I am listening while I read on my Kindle. Either the Kindle version is off, or this reader adds and subtracts words as he goes. In one passage, the author is describing a name on an ambulance, and the reader says Hezbollah, at least to my ears, and the text says Hatzolah. I have found mistakes in other books when I have read and listened (Infinite Jest, for example), but the errors are usually few and far between. This narrator gets it wrong regularly, unless the Kindle version of this book is riddled with errors.
I love this author and I love this performer.
Rushdie is very funny and insightful. Like all good works of literature, deserves multiple reading and need to read lit crit.
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