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What made the experience of listening to The Courtier the most enjoyable?
The story and the translation.
What other book might you compare The Courtier to and why?
There is no book to which I can compare this one.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
By pronouncing Giuliano as Gwee-lee-ah-no, by pronouncing Cagliari as Caligari. I would expect him to order la-zahg-na in a restaurant. His eye seems to trick him when he looks at Italian words, and diphthongs such as gn and gl are beyond his ken. H following a g or c makes the sound hard. Italian is not difficult to pronounce.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
This might be just fine for you if you don't care how Italian words are pronounced. The reader does a passable job with voice characterizations, and has a pleasant UK accent.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
going behind etymology on the meaning of courtesy and what makes human civilized. not for bigots, requires critical thinking and perspective to follow. if after an easy reading leave this one for when you feel ready for broadening your perspectives instead