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A sometimes interesting story (although not frequently enough), in parts well written, but a significant audio challenge because a) the story often lapses into long stretches of narrative that are about as interesting as a technical manual but less artfully composed and b) the most interesting character, Amin, only makes intermittent appearances, while the least compelling character is the always present narrator. So how well has the producer responded to the challenge? Not at all--a complete and utter failure. The first mistake was the decision to try having all the characters read in accent. The second and most profound mistake was hiring an actor for the reading who is incapable of doing accents. Listening to this narration and ALL of the wrong notes struck by the reader would be like sitting through a 12 hour opera peformed entirely off key. You would want to puncture your own ear drums. Seriously, how could the producer have listened to the first 10 minutes of this narration and decided to continue on with this reader? The only thing that makes Mr. Willis's horribly wrong Scottish accent bearable is the fact that you are being spared from hearing him butcher a Ugandan, or worst of all, Israeli, accent. Adding insult to insult are the pathetic production standards that subject you to the narrator's annoying dry mouth sounds throughout most of the reading, as well as the frequent sounds of page turns in the background. If you are interested in this book, read it, but by all means skip this audio narration.
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After reading all the reviews, I decided to go ahead anyway and am glad i did. the book is a very good compliment to the movie and the french documentary on Idi Amin Dada -- lots of raw footage of him in the 70s. I did not find the accents distracting, but instead well done (except for the israli character). The book itself is well written, admittedly, perhaps, could have used some editing, especially in the last 2 hours, but I enjoyed and would recommend to those who have and have not seen the movie.
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