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Do not buy this until Audible fixes the recording. In the last 2 hours the reader randomly starts and stops and there are snippets of her exchanges with the engineer--"Did I get that right?", "I'll do that again" and various throat clearing and testing out pronunciation of words.
Clearly, no one listened to this after it was mastered.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Correct pronunciation. A substantial portion of the proper names or classical terms are mispronounced. And that's not the usual sort of "well, in medieval days the pronunciation changed to…." No. The reader doesn't come anywhere close. If there's a single line of text every beginning Latin student knows, it's "Caecilius est in horto." To any Classicist or Radio 4 listener, it's as well-known as "Use the Force, Luke!" Well…"Caecilius" here is pronounced like "Cecil." Only minutes later you start to realize who's being talked about.
What did you like best about this story?
The kindle edition. I suspect I'd have enjoyed the print edition, too.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kim Hicks?
Anyone with a passing familiarity with the most familiar names in Classical Studies. It's a shame Natalie Hayes herself couldn't arrange to do it. She's a splendid broadcaster.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Ancient Guide to Modern Life?
None from the text—all of them from the production.
Any additional comments?
Avoid this unless your sight is impaired and text-to-speech isn't available on your reader.
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