The horrible narration makes a fair assessment impossible to determine.
The narrator's self imposed inflections detracted from the book. Whether it was from his wry expressions or from overly exaggerated utterances, the narrator believed he was bigger than the story itself. In fact, his voice created interpretations of the material that may not have been the author's intent. The narration is so bad that the publisher should have another recording produced and delete this version altogether.
I enjoyed the insight into Carson's life. As an individual who grew up watching him regularly, I could imagine him saying some of the lines in the book and appreciated the opportunity to remember him in that manner.
Now, about that awful narrator...
Overall, an enjoyable read. I liked Cicero and Tiro quite a bit. To me, the book fell into three sub-stories and I felt a lag in the transition between them. The ending was somewhat abrupt and would have liked a little more conclusion or tease. I also expected the language to be more stilted although Cicero's articulation was excellent. The courtroom debates were intriguing. I would consider another of Harris' books from this historical period.
Kafka creates despair in his character from the start. The listener understands that this may not end well. It is well written as one can see in his mind's eye the desolate room in which the occupant lives. Enjoyable to reflect on the individual as he changes.
The writing was outstanding. Mary Shelley's use of language had a poetic quality as she pulls words of great description to tell the tale. The actor did a fantastic job with the various voices and clear speech - even with the various accents. This is no modern day horror story, but the dark gloom that hung over the story was engaging to the end.
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