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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would probably recommend the book instead of the audiobook. Loved the story but the narrator really made it difficult to listen to.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Monopolists?
I loved the story of Lizzie McGee and her major contribution to the board game market. She was far ahead of her time--fascinating, smart and interesting. I would have loved to have met her.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Sorensen?
Sean Runnette would have been fantastic--he is my favorite. There are many others, too, who would have done a better job.
Sorensen sounds like a robot--he elongates the last word of every sentence.
I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and I only listen to nonfiction. I don't want the reader to be dramatic or "act out" the story, but a narrator who gives some character to the story via his or her delivery makes a difference.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Maybe, but to read not listen.
Any additional comments?
This really is an interesting story of a beloved board game and its place in history. I was very surprised at how interesting it was, and how much drama surrounded the game in its early days.
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I have spent countless hours playing the game of Monopoly with my children, family and friends and never really knew the story behind the game. Although the history of the game was printed in the games instructions, I never knew that history because the game (as with most players) was taught to me by others who already knew how to play so who had time for instructions?? 😆
The story of Monopoly's origins starts off like a locomotive leaving the station but once it is up to full speed the journey is well worth the trip. It reads/listens like a novel but the narrator was a little dry and a "just the facts" kind of of voice.
I highly recommend this story so at least you know the truth over who really invented it, who stole it and how the game industry really operates.