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All the other recordings I ever purchased from Audible, whether I liked them or not, have been professionally performed. A low score usually denotes a performer who is not to my taste.
This performance was simply poor quality from all perspectives. The reader made numerous mistakes in inflection and even pronunciation. It was as if he was reading the work for the first time. The recording had background noise in many places and was generally of poor quality.
I spend $2 for this recording thinking that, despite many complaints in other reviews, it would at least be an ok listen as I looked for material for my daughter's competitive speeches. I compared it to the Libravox recording of this work. Libravox uses volunteers to record works in the public domain. They do a good job but it is a community work without sound rooms and expensive equipment. So the quality is only fair. I would highly recommend the Libravox recording over this one!
This is very much out of line with what I've come to expect from Audible. I have over 50 recordings in my library and none of the others have recording standards I would complain about.
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What disappointed you about Spoon River Anthology?
The reader stumbled on words and mispronounced them. His performance was dull, without emotion, and halting.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Spoon River Anthology?
When I realized the performance would detract from the content of the book.
How could the performance have been better?
Maybe he should have looked up words he didn't know instead of making up his own way of saying them. For example: "upanishads" and "bhagavad gita".
What character would you cut from Spoon River Anthology?
The content was brilliant, but the performance was lack luster.
Any additional comments?
The price of under $2 was what drew me in.
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