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Reader distractingly bad

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

Reviewed: 07-27-19

Content is ok. Some good examples but reader is SO bad and distracting due to mispronunciations and flat out using the wrong words. For example, in the discussion about correlation and causation, he repeatedly uses the word casual instead of causal. He sounds like a robot with inappropriate breaks in sentences. Reader clearly has no idea what he is reading and conveys this to the listener. Could not even finish the audiobook because of this. I can't believe the author hasn't listened to this audiobook.

Excellent and concise

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

the reader though was difficult to listen to for a good deal of it, though he got better toward the end.

Essential reading for life

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

If you could sum up Preparing to Die in three words, what would they be?

Well-Rounded, Essential, Inspiring

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Learned how to pronounce Buddhist words before reading a text on Buddhism. The narrator mispronounces at least 70% of Tibetan Buddhist terms and 100% of names (and that might be generous). A simple google search would have clarified pronunciation. For people who have studied Buddhism it is an annoyance that detracts greatly from the listening experience of the book. Had he not tried to pronounce it in an accent, it wouldn't have been as annoying, but he says the words with an accent as if he knows how to pronounce it but doesn't.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The first part of the book was the most profound. Once they started getting into the legal portions and so forth it was tough to get through. But if you are in the process of dying and have some time then the legal portion might be more interesting.

Any additional comments?

Holecek has created what I feel is one of the essential works available in Buddhism ... top 5 I would say.