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David R. Scott

Baltimore, MD
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Extraordinary reading of the apotheosis of English biography.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

While the book itself is a famous and worthy classic, the reading done by the narrator is of a splendor to its source. David Timson creates a constellation of characters from across 18th Century United Kingdom, without ever intruding into the flow of the narrative. You will have a hard time believing that just one person created all these dozens of great historical figures as well as the less or unknown ‘cast of thousands’, each clearly distinguished and brought fully to life. What a performance!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Truly awful narration of a useful classic

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

The narration is unbelievably bad, with gross mispronunciations of even simple words like “Italian”, appear in roughly every other sentence; and a total lack of passion or involvement in what is being said. It actually sounds as sloppy and careless as if it a first take cold reading by a high school student who was drunk, stoned, sleep-deprived, or all three - except not as fun or funny, due to the pusillanimous voice of the hapless reader.

That the book being read is a classic and very thoughtful analysis of the rudiments of English grammar by one of its greatest exponents, just ads to the pin-headed absurdity of it all.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Grating, amateurish narration

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Ok wisdom from 20 centuries ago, but the narration was poor and in an unpleasant voice which projected a whiny tone and often nonexistent or misplaced inflection.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful