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The narrator of this book should really have stuck to reading it straight. His appalling accents would be funny if they weren't so insulting, and his pronunciation, particularly of German words, is poor and clearly not researched. The book itself is excellent and will please many listeners, especially anyone who (like me) enjoys specific histories in line with books like "Cod," "Salt," and "The 13th Element." In the end, the reader could be worse and if you are willing to put up with his accent hash, you will enjoy this book tremendously.
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This book is informative and pretty well-written, but the narrator makes the baffling choice to read every quote (and there are several throughout the book) in a different voice, most of which sound absolutely ridiculous. Totally out of place in a serious non-fiction book, and I have no clue why somebody...the producer, for one...didn't stop him from narrating in this way.
Seriously. His accented voices are truly terrible...along the lines of "Vee haff veys to make you talk".
It's not quite bad enough to make me stop listening to the book (which is quite interesting), but it's enough to irritate me every single time he does it.
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