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The substance of the book is interesting and moderately well written. The narration, on the other hand, is maddening. The narrator has a very "little-girlish" voice -- think Goldie Hawn. In and of itself, that would not be a problem. The issue is that the narrator doesn't seem to have read the book, or any of its individual sentences, before starting the recording session. Each sentence is an adventure in emphasis. Sometimes the emphasis on particular words in a sentence is correct. As often as not, however, she puts the stress on the wrong word and it sounds terribly awkward. It seems like she is simply saying the words as they come along with no idea of where the sentence is going or what it means. (Doesn't anyone listen to these before they are sent out?) I've listened to over 50 audiobooks and this is by far the worst narration I've ever heard. The narrator also swallows her words and has a hard time with pronunciation. (To give one example, the town of Spokane, Washington is pronounced "spo-can" not "spo-cane.") This audiobook should be pulled off line and re-recorded with a narrator who knows how to read out loud.
33 of 37 people found this review helpful
Like Kinsey before them, Masters and Johnson were truly groundbreaking, and took enormous professional (and personal) risks to move their work forward. But the book, while extolling the virtues of opening up the country's thinking about sex, succumbs to good ol' tabloid-esque sex expose writing in the latter third as it strives to show off Masters' personal-life failings. It's still worth a read, if you're interested in their revolutionary work.
The narration is solidly second-rate. While the narrator's overall style and voice characteristics are fine, she tragically mispronounces a number of words, which is as much the fault of the director as her. There are segments where she also seems fatigued, and doesn't put as much care into her reading as the earlier bits. That Ms Barton has no other reading credits on Audible is telling.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
The reader is good (though a bit odd in the first 10-15 minutes), the boook is well written, but the story itself drags on for too long (no fault of the author). This biography reminded me of reading Einstein's biography. The "hero(s)" attain(s) stardom early in life and then one is finding it hard to get motivated reading about the humdrum that is the remaining 30 years of their life.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I liked it overall but it was very drawn out. The work is very interesting but can't help but feel my interest was helped by already having psychology degree and watching the first series of the tv show or it would have been quite tedious. I'm glad I bought it though overall quite good