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How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator, Ian Fisher, has idiosyncratic (i.e. wrong) – and frequently inconsistent – pronunciation, even of quite common English words. Thus, for example, ‘irreconcilable’ becomes ‘ehreconcilable’. He even mispronounces words crucial to the subject matter, which is very distracting. For example, he generally pronounces ‘Aryan’ as ‘are-EYE-un’, and the German word ‘volk’ as if it began with an English ‘v’ sound, rather than an ‘f’ sound.
Thus, every minute or two, just as one is beginning to concentrate again on the content, Fisher will say a word in such a bizarre way that one’s attention is immediately torn away from the content of the book, and instead consumed by thoughts along the lines of, ‘Did he really just say that?’
Fisher’s phrasing and pacing is also often not as helpful as it could be in conveying the sense of the text.
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