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brilliant book but unbearable to listen to. Read with a most mechanical voice and not a single czech name or word is pronounced correctly. sad when it's a book about czech history.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I have no issue with the content; it is a historical text and frankly not much more than a narrated and detailed thesis (dry dry dry!) The real issue is the narrator. It is voiced by an American (no problem here naturally), however they could have chosen one who is familiar with foreign pronunciation. Instead whenever he regularly cocks-up a tricky word, the track is edited and very obviously over-dubbed with the correct pronunciation. Furthermore, mid-book I found myself re-listening to several passages to which I had just listened due to poor editing. Sadly the narration and editing really doesn't do the book justice but I am loath to be overly critical because it is a niche book whose generated income probably wouldn't justify the cost of re-recording. Thus I am at pains to highlight that if you are using this text as part of your research then stick with it, because it is a useful tome!
What didn’t you like about David Kaplan’s performance?
He really needs to familiarise himself with the pronunciation of foreign words.