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Patrick

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  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (367)

    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
    "Great book, Irritating Reader"
    Overall

    Poor Barbara Tuchman must turn in her grave whenever Nadia May voices her 19 hour Audible version on somebody's Kindle. May's energetic and ever-enthusiastic reading reminds me of the librarians who read to four-year-olds on Saturdays, but I don't need her misplaced emphasis and over-dramatized, breathless theatrics. What serious reader would?

    Her diction is tediously impeccable if you are Old-School English, but Oxbridge it is not. Have you ever heard anyone pronounce "joust" as 'juiced"? Yep, that's what she says, and many other Britishisms with no sensitivity to the North American ear. (I'm Canadian so I speak like someone from the Midwest.)

    I find I can barely listen to 15 minutes of her "story-telling" before I have to turn it off. The full 19 hours will never happen.

    Anyway, as Audible's choice of reader is so inappropriate and condescendingly trivializing of a fine book, I will be cancelling my subscription. The robot is better.

    Patrick in Vancouver

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