The story is thorough, well researched and comprehensive. The sheer amount of new information was well worth the listen.
The narration was painful. Every accent sounded like a caricature of Count Dracula. There was so much accent switching that after a while, what was meant to be helpful in distinguishing the locations/nationalities being discussed turned into moments of dread for me. Overall, I would say that audiobook producers should look very closely at the necessity for performing accents - rarely have I found them to be helpful or desired.
The narrator is irritating. The voices and accents are unnecessary. The bad accents are few enough to overlook, however... When the narrator is reading the part of a woman, they all sound like drag queen voices: overly feminized caricatures.Now that said, when the narrator is speaking about/for Phil Spector, the crazy is palpable. The pace is just shy of an uncontrolled gallop and it makes the book all the more effective in communicating Spector's decades-long descent into madness.
The book is terrific. The balance between Spector's musical life and personal life is excellent. I knew a good bit about him musically, but the subtext of his life in between the hits was really informative and helped me get a better, bigger picture of Phil Spector.
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