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Ridiculous stereotypes

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

Where does KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

KL: History of the Nazi Concentration Camps is a highly interesting and well-written account of how the Nazis constructed a horrendous instrument of terror and repression.

What was one of the most memorable moments of KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps?

The most memorable moments are, unfortunately, Paul Hodgson's ridiculous imitations of a German accent.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Hodgson’s performances?

Paul Hodgson is clearly a talented performer. Unfortunately, however, he - or someone else - has decided that he should read quotations from letters and diaries found in the book with a "German" accent. The result can only be described as utter disaster. Rather than creating a feeling of authenticity, the phony accent turns the performance into tasteless parody. The performance would have scored much higher if the performer had read the quotations in his normal voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not applicable.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

Torture of Russian names

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

Reviewed: 11-23-14

If you could sum up Gulag in three words, what would they be?

Necessary, frightening, sad

What other book might you compare Gulag to and why?

"Iron Curtain" by the same author

What didn’t you like about Laural Merlington’s performance?

She ought to have been given at least a one-hour crash course of Russian pronunciation. Many names are simply not identifiable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That can't be done.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Perils of Pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 10-22-13

What didn’t you like about Sean Schemmel’s performance?

It is terribly sad when a good book is ruined due to insufficient preparations on the part of the reader and/or audiobook producer. Peter Heather's "Empires and Barbarians" is positively brimming with names of people, places, cultures etc. most of which are not familiar to the average listener. The recording would have been so much better if the reader and producer had spent a couple of hours figuring out how to pronounce things. Asking the author, e.g., might have been a good idea. As it stands, the recording is a complete failure. Some of the worst cases are almost unidentifiable without access to the printed text.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful