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By Elliott on 08-30-15
New Yorker format has taken a turn for the worse
What did you love best about The New Yorker, August 24th 2015 (Elizabeth Kolbert, Malcolm Gladwell, Sarah M. Broom)?
This is a review of the New Yorker in general. Some of the stories are fabulous covering important topics in broad erudite strokes. It is a marvelous education to read these pages. I would have rated this as a straight 5-star experience were it not for the curious and annoying change they have made to their format. See below.
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My main reason in writing this review is that around March of 2015, the format for the New Yorker changed. Each issue had always has begun with a summary of the stories it contained, and then prior to each story, a title and a brief summary. This was helpful to save time in listening, since NYer titles are often witty, but cryptic to the point of being opaque until you know what the story is about and can appreciate the title's meaning.Since March there is no summary of any sort, no notion of how many stories. It is simply a group of disconnected articles each one beginning with the NYer's date (something I do not need to hear prior to each story) and the title of the story, and off they go. Sometimes it takes 3 or 4 minutes of listening to know what the story is about or even to know if it is fiction or nonfiction.I have made numerous attempts to contact Audible or New Yorker to speak to the decision maker and have hit a concrete wall. Apparently no one has time to speak to a disgruntled customer.