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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
It pains me to write a negative review, especially when I love the material so much but this audio book was truly horrible; in fact I couldn't finish it...a first for me. The two main problems are:
1) The reader follows his own cadence rather than that of the prose. The result is a staccato performance interspersed with bits that have been apparently edited back in, that are so obvious they distract you and make you think you've accidentally hit the re-wind or fast forward button.
2) It seems a decision was made to read the footnotes. Endlessly you hear "in Polybius book 4, chapter 3, paragraph 2, lines 12-17"...this eventually becomes mind numbing and you no longer feel as if you are listening to a book, instead you are in the middle of a lecture where you do not have the course material.
What was most disappointing about Arthur M. Eckstein’s story?
I actually like very much the information contained, it is a very scholarly look at the time period. That is why I am so perturbed at the presentation, I was unable to finish the book.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rome Enters the Greek East?
The repetitive foot notes for sure....just tell us that "Polybius wrote that..." without citing the book, chapter, paragraph and line number incessantly.
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