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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
As an academic resource this is a great book. However, it lacks any real narrative and seeks to "debunk" each and eery aspect of the supernatural. Which is okay, but not as interesting as the social and cultural effects of "demons and witches."
What was most disappointing about Walter Scott’s story?
The dry, non-committal description. The prose is lackluster and laden with opinion and attitude not story.
What three words best describe Eric Brooks’s performance?
Confident and Competent
Did Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft inspire you to do anything?
I expanded my research several degrees and was able to pinpoint a time period in which I was going to do more research.
Any additional comments?
Get the print version - this is a seek and cite book for academic purposes, not a story book for entertainment. I'd gladly add it to my shelves but the audio version is a bit harder to cite.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
The audio book cut off--paused itself--after a few minutes. When I pressed the pause icon on my Kindle Fire to continue, the narration started over from the beginning. I hoped it would continue past the point where it had paused last time but no, it "paused" at the exact spot (in the middle of a word, no less) and started at the beginning again when I pressed the icon.
That is my main gripe. My second is that the narration is monotonous and stilted, pausing for long moments at every comma. As Sir Walter Scott wrote these letters around 1830 or so, the style of most of the sentences is long, with many additional clauses (calling for many commas) that either add to the sentence's original intent or divert it into another area altogether. A good narration might be able to overcome this style of writing and make it pleasant to the ear, but in this recording, by the time the sentence comes to an end, the listener has forgotten the beginning.
This recording should probably be skipped by the modern listener.