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Eleanor

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  • Basin and Range: Annals of the Former World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    To geologists, rocks are beautiful, roadcuts are windowpanes, and the earth is alive, a work in progress. The cataclysmic movement that gives birth to mountains and oceans is ongoing and can still be seen at certain places on our planet. One of these is the Basin and Range region centered in Nevada and Utah.

    Julie says: "Wow."
    "Unfortunate choice of narrator"
    Overall

    The narrator's voice is slow and rather painful to listen to. I gave up after only 5 minutes. Strongly recommend listening to the _entire_ preview before purchasing, to make sure you don't find the narration equally painful.

    Very disappointing, as I loved the book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • In Suspect Terrain: Annals of the Former World, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    John McPhee's Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the Former World takes readers on mind-expanding adventures in geology. In the first book, Basin and Range, McPhee traveled to Nevada with a proponent of plate techtonics. Now, an engaging sceptic working for the United States Geological Survey is his guide to some of eastern America's most fascinating geologic formations.

    Julie says: "Wow."
    "Unfortunate choice of narrator"
    Overall

    Unfortunately, this book has the same narrator as Basin and Range. Words and sentences are read overly slowly, with strangely-placed pauses and awkward emphasis of polysyllabic words. At times, I could almost believe it is computer generated.

    Again, a disappointment. Strongly recommend checking out the preview to make sure you can handle the narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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