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This book is a well-researched historical exploration of Marie Laveau, and deserves to be read. However, the choice of the reader worked against the text so much that I was unable to finish the book. I had read it in print form, and was eager to listen to it and reflect on the author's analyses of historical documents as I listened. The reader mispronounced many of the key names in the book, and the vocal quality was orotund and lethargic, making it very difficult to listen to. What made it even more frustrating was that the overall pitch of the reader's voice was perfect for the content. I only wish he had taken the time (or been given the opportunity) to practice the reading and to receive feedback on his oral interpretation from someone in a position to correct errors and problematic phrasing (like, perhaps, the author?).
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
If you plan to write about Marie, this looks like a good resource.
Very clinical and just a statement of historic record rather than a deeper look at the woman.
The performance draws yawns over interest.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
a great read! I'm not sure I took much of it in as there's so much information, thank god the author recaps everything and strings it all together in the final chapter. very interesting and I will definitely be reading it again and hopefully I'll absorb more information next time!