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Audiobooks that sell for such a low price are usually public domain texts, poorly produced. That's why I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It's quite a good book and a very decent reading. The story, a sort of family saga, is the story of Austro-Hungarian Jews, mostly from the early 1900s to the second world war. It is told (and translated) with much skill and elegance, and is overall very convincing and quite moving at points. Definitely a recommended audiobook.
About the narrator: as I said, Charles Bice does a decent enough job, and much better than the sort of reading you normally expect for this price. There was one thing which bothered me, though. This book naturally contains quite a few words and phrases in Hebrew, Yiddish and German, and Bice clearly doesn't know any of these languages. As someone who does, I found some of his mispronunciations, even of extremely basic vocabulary, a little jarring, though it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment. Another thing is that he starts the first person narration in a sort of "generic Central European" accent, but at some point seems to drop it and reads in a plain American accent. I wish he had done that from the beginning. But, again, these are minor issues and unless you happen to be a native speaker of any of these language you probably wouldn't notice them.
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I thought this would a great book to listen but I came to fined out that is a very boring book. The narrator voice was terrible.... my gosh! he sounds like a robot. Don't your money, your credit or your time..this book will be returned!!!