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Not the world's best thesis, at least 80% of it is lifted from historical documents,properly credited of course, but uninspired. Even taking its brevity into account, it was dry as dust and unworthy of all of the backbreaking work needed to change the landscape into the marvel that it is.
Ian H. Shattuck was adequate as narrator. He has a very good voice, but some of his pronunciations should have been researched prior to recording.
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This is a strange piece. The "story" is about Central Park development, and some of it appears to be original writing from early park history. But the narrator is so odd - he has a wonderful speaking voice (tone) yet terrible, even strange, pronunciation. He first misreads "Houston Street" the sign of a non-NYer (it is said Howston, not Youston). Then he slurs and swallows words, doesn't pronounce letters, esp "T". He makes up his own pronunciations which is very very distracting and very unprofessional. Examples: architecture = arch-u-tecture; structure = strussure; properties = propperies; trusting = trussing; Central Park = Shentral Park; conservancy = concervacy; history = hissery; enterprise = anaprise; university = universy; uninterrupted = uninrupted; UnitedStates = Unistates; an on and on and on
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