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By blake on 06-19-13
Someone owes me a credit
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Better narration and pacing would have helped a lot.
Has Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee turned you off from other books in this genre?
No not at all.
What didn’t you like about Alan Sklar’s performance?
His voice wass heavy and foreboding as if he were one of those men who voice thhe coming attractions of horror or disastermovies. He could read twinkle twinkle little star and send chills up your spine. In addition his breathing is unprofessional, he inhales at the beginning of each phrase and the decision to quote the French in a French accent was a regrettable one.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment. The author goes off on strange tangents while painfully, obviously ignoring the white elephant in the room. The Hemings were mentioned only out of necessity. I was deeply disturbed by the authors fawning treatment of Jefferson to the detriment of the truth. This book was not, nor should it have been, a moral or historical treatise on Jefferson and slavery.however, the author was somehow inform us of Jeffersons hatred of a system that oppresses men and women and forces them to live in grinding poverty so the aristocracy can flourish- and this without eeven a hint of irony. At one point Jefferson is even admired by the author for spending half an hour in his garden in the afternoon. Very noble when human chattel toil, waveless and belashed the other 23.5 hours.thid was an unambiguous yarn and not the historical epicurean morsel I had so hungrily anticipated.