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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I certainly would recommend reading the book. An insightful and interesting foray into the mechanics of Iberian statecraft in the middle ages.
How could the performance have been better?
Tim Lundeen was a bad choice to read this book. Firstly, the mispronunciation of almost every town, village and hamlet in Spain was excruciating and intrusive to the listening experience. Second, his delivery resembled a machine translation much like my car's navigation software with little or no sympathy for nuance in the writing. I'm not saying that you should get Tony Flags (Antonio Banderas) to read a dense history tome, just find someone who knows simple pronunciation and orthography rules. I would liken the 10 or so hours I spent with Tim to how I imagine it would be listening to Don Quixote, narrated by Wilford Brimley.
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The script and performance are boring. The substance is thorough and of very high content but about as dry as the Sahara desert. The reading sounds computer generated. If it is computer generated the technique might be profitably employed for obscure publications at a discount price.
Now I know this reading was computer generated. "The Counsel of Lion?" You know, pronounced as: The Counsel of Large Cat!
It is pronounced: lee OWN
not lie on
Oh well. I
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