Population problems? Eat the babies, of course. That's what Irish writer Jonathan Swift purports in this famous collection of essays. Both humorous and significant, Swift's articles are some of the most memorable English satirical works. Fittingly so, Norman Dietz is a superb audio performer in a league of his own. His tone juxtaposes both the serious and the tongue-in-cheek, thus capturing Swift's intentions. For each essay, Dietz adopts a caricature appropriate to the context. These essays have been startling since the 1700s. When combined with Dietz's performance, they are enthralling, hilarious, and deeply moving.
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Obviously this is a great story, a masterpiece of satirical humor. I am not reviewing the story. I just wanted to note that I thought the reading performance was very good. The audio quality is not so great, but I found it totally listenable and enjoyed it.
As been said, this is very difficult to hear; it's the worst audio quality of anything I've ever got from audible.
On top of that, the reader (firmly American) reads without any of the drama and irony that might help to communicate the point of Swift's satire.
Doing these kinds of texts badly is a sadly wasted opportunity.
The content of this is probably better read and studied next to other Jonathan Swift works. The quality of the recording is very poor. I suggest you read it.
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