I love reading Emerson, and Self Reliance has a great thought-provoking message written with elegance. However, this narrator not only delivers it with a lifeless monotonous voice, but also adds unnatural pauses between every few words. The pauses are out of sync with the sentence structure and make it real difficult to understand the context of the text. I got the sense that the narrator was just reading words like a computer would and did not understand what he was reading.
This text does require some brain power to comprehend fully as there is much packed into a concise package. This narration adds to the challenge.
This book provided a great summary of the history of human understanding of the universe around us. The author explains complex concepts while making them easy to understand without talking down to the reader (listener). I listened to the entire book in one sitting despite my plan to do otherwise. I found it that engaging.
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