Jack McLean

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  • These Truths

  • A History of the United States
  • By: Jill Lepore
  • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
  • Length: 29 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths or belied them.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book. Terrible narration by the author

  • By Jack McLean on 11-16-18

Good book. Terrible narration by the author

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Reviewed: 11-16-18

Jill LePore has written a long overdue history of the United States.

It is the first such book that I have read (listened to) that gives due recognition of slavery throughout our history as well as women's rights. The content is thorough, well-researched, timely, and well-written.

My only regret is that I purchased the Audible version instead of the hard cover. The book is narrated by the author. I cannot understate how awful the narration is. Ms. Lepore has as sing-songy voice that goes from highs to lows to non existent. It is a complete distraction which impacted greatly on my ability to not only enjoy, but to also even understand the content. The narration is also peppered with errors. She often mispronounces or totally misses words and, instead of deleting and rereading, she rereads with the errors intact.

All in all, a good book with sloppy and totally unprofessional narration. I don't know how Audible ever let this get released.

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