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I found these lectures among the best of the six modern scholar lectures I have listened to. I find Orwells writing outstanding and captivating. I found myself downloading all of Orwell's books and essay's on audible because of these lectures. The lecturer has a genuine deep interest in the subject matter which makes the lectures all the more engaging.
My only small complaint, although I eventually got used to it, was Michael Scehldon's delivery. At times I thought. I was. Listening. To. William Shatner. Delivering his lines. In Star Trek.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
To know the man behind the words and to know the influences that make the backdrop of any literature that much more rich - that is the case with this audiobook. Michael Shelden does wonderful justice to the life and writings of George Orwell. A life that spans many geopolitical shifts in our history is given breadth and depth in this audiobook. I will listen to it again ..... and again ....
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Really unpleasant and terrible diction. I wish I'd just bought the book. The narrator's tone and diction is all wrong, sadly. He also sounds like a 17 year old actor in a soap opera. Apologies to biographer because It is enlightening. I can't listen to this guy's voice anymore though.
The personal details of Eric's life were delicious. A man who lived his love. His love was political literature in novels and commentary. Through this I felt an expression of his concern for mankind; which perhaps he lacked ability to vocally project . In some cases he seemed to protect others from themselves. From their own prejudices, their own lack of ambition or belief that improvement was good for their families and communities. He held firm, in the face of huge opposition, which would have made lesser men crumble. Now his views are the mainstream. It is rare that excellent vocal delivery and scholarly research reside in the same individual. Perhaps we have been spoilt by voice of Christopher Hitchens.
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