On Religio-Industrial villainy.
This is former Majority Whip Sean Faircloth casting a light on the evils of believers put in positions of power. It's an undeniably important message, and the lengthy discussion of childcaregivers is some gruesome, damning stuff. But given a heavier-handed editor, this could've been whittled down significantly and lost very little of its content.
Faircloth could've turned over the narration reins to virtually anyone else and we'd have produced a better product. Dawkins performs his own forward and it's as spot-on as his other reads, but Faircloth suffers from a host of unedited vocal snafus. Heavy breaths, awkward pauses and jarring stumbles mar the message of the text. And, for whatever reason, his insistence on vocalizing every "open quote-- end quote" annoyed the ever-lovin' piss out of me.
Absolutely, but the performance made doing so nigh intolerable.
Ultimately, I just couldn't finish it. Where a better narrator could have pulled the book through some of its more meandering segments, Faircloth slogging through his own words started to take on an almost filibustering tone. I reluctantly returned this one, my first time doing so.
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