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Alfred

Nevada City, CA, USA

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  • The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Naomi Wolf
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Wolf outlines in this citizen call to action - which is reminiscent of Thomas Paine's revered Common Sense - the real threats to our civil liberties that exist and explains how by working together we can stop the growing threat.

    Rick Horowitz says: "I wish everyone in Congress would read this"
    "Profound writing; wrong narrator"
    Overall

    Naomi Wolf wrote a book that should be read by every citizen who's interested in saving the American republic and preserving our rights and constitution. It's a book suited to our current emergency. It is a compelling call to action with clear, coherent arguments. thoroughly documented and free of the shrill hyperbole that so often characterizes the modern political conversation.
    Unfortunately, Karen White's narration is wholly inadequate to the task. Most of the time, she sounds like she's reading from a textbook, trying to sound engaged, but with hardly any connection to the material. Her over careful diction, and maddeningly slow narration display no understanding of the writing, and leave one lost in the middle of Wolf's careful constructed arc of ideas. I often thought while listening, that in this narration she defaulted to a lilting, overly modulated style with the little soft landings at the end of phrases more suited to bedtime stories or light novels that characterize some of her other narrations. There are times when she makes an attempt at urgency in her tone, but it comes across as faux stern, like she's lecturing a 4th grade class somewhere.
    In short, no depth here. It was so disheartening to hear Wolf's writing so badly narrated that I had to give up listening. I think Audible should seriously consider a redo of this one. The book is too important to neglect.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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