Talk about the kettle spoiling the broth.
This is a Great Book.
But a very bad, nasal, senile narrator.
Initially, i didn't like the narrator's voice since i was so tuned to Jesse Bernstein.
However, once i overcame my intial hesitation and started listening, it was amazing.
So far i have listened to only half of the book, but it has its own style and good.
For any Audio Book, it is absolutely necessary for the narrator to understand what the author meant and convey not just the text, but also provide the audio context (like urgency, mocking, out of breadth) tone to the listener.
This narrator seems to have the same idea and is on par with Jesse Bernstein in this regard.
Every word, every sentence and every phrase is conveyed with the varying tone and context that the authors wanted to convey.
Kudos to narrators.
Antony Bevor is an excellent author.
His books are straight from troops and need to be read as such.
However the narrator seems to have other ideas. He reads the book as if it were a classic novel instead of the urgency and down-to-ground level viewpoint.
One more good book spoiled by a bad narrator.
Sadly, i guess Audible never learns the lesson or never listens to its customers.
Bring Back Jesse Bernstein !
I rate this only TWO stars because:
1) Jesse Bernstein was not the author.
2) None of the racy speed of the Percy Jackson novels.
Jesse Bernstein was the best narrator Audible had for the Percy Jackson novels.
I was so used to the voices of Percy, Annabeth and Rachel that it revolted me to hear them different.
The only good voice was that of Leo which was cool.
Audible did a bad job.
More than the book, i love the narrator Jesse Bernstein.
He understands the nuances, the inflections and modulates his voice according to the situation.
In short, he conveys the spirit of the author.
This book straddles great spaces, across times. Unless you have the big picture in mind when you listen, you will think the author is ranting about Lehman and Geithner alone.
The book starts with descriptions of each personality; Dick Fuld, Geithner, Paulson so that when the fun really starts you can easily relate to their behavior with the background the author has provided earlier.
Half of the book is about Lehman's hurtle into bankruptcy and how Fuld, because of his greed and head-in-sand approach prevented Korean investors, and almost everyone from buying Lehman. It also discusses how Lehman's complaint about short sellers was not acted upon by Paulson, who suddenly acted on short sellers when they started attacking Fortress Goldman.
It also states how bankers from Morgan stanley and Goldman high-fived each other when they hear the Fed is bailing out AIG.
We also hear the background as to where the magical number of $700bn came into TARP.
All through the book, one thing becomes clear: Banks can and will expect the government to bail them out when they are in trouble but are very reluctant to share the profits with the government.
The books is good. But the narrator has a highly nasal twang and a high-pitch voice that grates on me.
They should have had two narrators: male and female to more accurately depict the characters.
First of all this is a piecemeal dramatization.
I was expecting a quality similar to Leonard's adaptation.
This is wooden, the ambience is wrong and the accent is horrible at times.
Regret buying this.
Iam a fan of War of Worlds and have two audio plays, the original book, two movies. I regret buying this edition.
Active, updated for modern times, and very good to hear.
Would recommend it for a good listening at night with all lights shut and dark... you get the idea..
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