If politics is your thing then this a must read! The narrative is tight, proving the rule again from English Comp 101: "There is no good writing, only good rewriting". Well balanced and candid without sounding like gadflies, this is a fantastic book for the long commute.
It was also very well produced and the audio is very clean. Dennis Boutsikaris does a great job keeping the voices separate. Even his Bill Clinton voice is subtle enough to avoid the cardinal sin of being distracting.
Tough subject matter. What I would call an "important read". You can get tons of better critiques online elsewhere. Mr. Cranston's performance was spot on. A grave voice for grave material!
You can read critiques of the story elsewhere. I'm on Audible so I confine my remarks to the performance and production. Jonathan Davis is just fine for reading this book (and probably others). I enjoyed his reading and pace. Well done, Jon!
Unfortunately, it's only Jon who gets the three stars. Random House Audio has taken it upon themselves to insist on using sound effects for this book. Unfortunately, their effort is half-hearted at best. They are using sound effects from the Star Wars audio library to bolster each scene for background or ambience.
Movie fans will instantly recognize what they hear but listeners such as myself quickly perceive the distractions of such sounds and the occasional havoc they play on my car audio system! I found the sound effects entirely unnecessary and the musical interludes, also from the Star Wars library, sometimes misfired.
In short, I would VERY MUCH like the option to simply hear the book WITHOUT the background noises. I don't need it.
I've been listening to this version read by Walter Covell and there are a couple dire issues I found with the audio. First, it is very compressed (the same effect you get from listening to someone on a telephone earpiece). This makes it slightly more difficult for me to hear when listening on my iPhone connected to the car audio (even with the car A/C fan is set on low). Second, it seems to me that the producers, or those charged with post-producing the audio, probably amplified the volume to compensate for the compression. That leaves me stuck listening to audio that sounds like a telephone...only very loud and, sometimes, distorted (over-modulated). This makes the whole experience quite annoying! I've stopped listening anymore. I experienced a lot of this in the old days of audiocassettes (yes, those are now officially considered, "the old days"--long may they be forgotten!)
Of course, I went back to Audible only to discover there are other unabridged versions performed by readers that avid fans of audiobooks will know and love. It doesn't help to also learn that the widely accepted English translation of "The Three Musketeers" was altered by the censorious attitudes of Victorian England in order to disallow the sexual overtones of the French language! I now wish to wait and see if Audible will provide an excellent performance of the Richard Pevear translation from 2006 which, from what I've read, is supposed to be faithful to Mr. Dumas' original.
I won't spend so many words on reviewing the book since there are better reviewers worth checking but I found the book quite helpful. It represents one of the primary benefits of my listening to books rather than trying to read them. The book is simple enough to follow and listening to Dr. Fuhrman read his own words actually made the book sound more like an interview from time to time. That may "sound" like a bad way to go but I don't recall ever zoning out on this reading. He loses a couple stars on performance because some words were mispronounced or pronounced inconsistently but, hey, it kept me listening...and that's not a bad thing, is it?
Oh...I started taking his advice about a week ago and have already lost ten pounds, feel great and hope for even better results. Thank you, Dr. Fuhrman! Great book!
I enjoyed the book even after learning that while this is the first of the five Leatherstocking stories chronologically, it was actually written last by Cooper. I had purchased the unabridged version read by Ray Todd but found it lacking. Peter Berkrot's reading is much better by way of accent, inflection, etc. Where his reading fails is in the recording. The audio drops out on a regular basis towards the ends of sentences. It's as if Peter pulled away from the mic at the same time he softened his tone. Listening as I did in a car, it was quite an annoyance. The producers should have caught this early on.
This isn't to say you won't like the book. The pace is as glacial as the Glimmerglass lake on which most of the story takes place. Still, though, it is quite nice to read a book from an author who so carefully spelled out the characters both in narration and dialog. Enjoy!
Well read by the narrator! Clean recording! David Aaron Baker acts the story as well as reads it and there are no distractions in his voice that would prompt me to stop listening. You can find out more about the story elsewhere but this recording was definitely worth my time.
Scott Brick did just fine with this reading but I couldn't find a single protagonist in this book with which I could readily identify or sympathize. Likewise, the "looters", etc., are treated with a very broad brush. I quit before even getting through the first 8-hour segment. You might like this book but it just didn't hook me.
Good recording! Great reading. Donna Tartt, who's read the book herself a bazillion times, is spot on with her vocal characterization. I'm almost afraid to see the movies now!
I try to keep my comments solely in terms of the audio. You can look elsewhere for the take on the content. That said, this is a great read! Mike Chamberlain handles it perfectly. He has a good voice. The only distractions were the careful reading of numbers and spelling out of websites. Also, the references to electronic elements "with this program", whatever that means. That probably can't be helped given the statistical and scientific theme of the book. Highly recommend it to my carb-junkie friends!
And he didn't do a bad job either! It's probably not easy to read your own book. The recording is clear and works just fine for the ear. Reich keeps the tone conversational throughout. Kudos to the sound engineer!
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