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While this recording is an unabridged version of "The Gin Palace", the book of this title is a horribly abridged version of Zola's original L'Assommoir, or more recently translated as "The Drinking Den". What a disappointment!! Huge chunks of the original version are left out. Characters appear without having been introduced. References to historical events and context are eliminated. Sentences and paragraphs are collapsed in translation from the French. This is NOT Emile Zola. If only the original version could be recorded, it would be well worth the listen.
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I loathe the voice of the narrator! he sounds very disdainful - and the translation itself is incredibly clumsy in parts - I can't believe an English person would read out something so badly translated. What a pity as i love this book. Best stick to reading the book - this audible version is very poor
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