- The Social Context of Freakery in Britain
- Narrated by: Fred Humberstone
- Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-02-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
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This book is published by The Ohio State University Press.
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By Ryan on 08-09-17
Great book with the single worst narration ever
What did you like best about Victorian Freaks? What did you like least?
The book is absolutely fascinating, and it's nice to have an erudite book on this subject. It consists of a series of scholarly essays on freakery and its relationship to Victorian sensibilities. This is made for an academic audience, so anyone looking for a casual read may be put off; it has the air of a dissertation, but those of us who study the topic will find a wealth of great observations and material.
However, this is the single worst narration I've ever heard in any audio medium. I have no idea what the intent of the narrator was here, but it's my personal theory that although the narrator can accurately read single words, he has no idea what they actually mean or what the sentences say. Seriously, the inflection, tone, pacing, and pronunciation make no sense at all, as if a computer voice were reading a text. It sounds a little more human at 2x speed, but it's still very, very difficult to listen to, and many words are mispronounced. In the span of like three sentences, he pronounces "minotaur" as "meen-OH-tor," "fin de séacle" as "fine day seecle," and, bafflingly, "milieu" as "MEEL-yerr."
I would probably recommend going with a physical book on this one.