It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.More
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Excellent articles, but narration still needs work
I'm reviewing the Digest as a whole, not this particular recording. The New York Times remains a superb newspaper, and the selection of articles for the NYT Digest is excellent. I rank the Digest at the top of the audiobooks I've listened to.
The selected Op-Ed pieces -- always written by a Times columnist -- are my favorite articles.
The long-time narrator of the NYT Digest had for many years butchered the pronunciations of many English words (e.g., aphorism, archivist, mendacious, transnational, fracas, pixel, garrote, modem, and quixotic, just to name a few) geographic locations (Suffolk, Majorca, Serbia, Lourdes, Broward, Myknonos, Kiev, Sahara, Marseille), and names (Zoe, Colombo, Eve Saint Laurent, Medici, Margot, DiNapoli, Richard Lugar, Tom Kean, John Faso, Paris Hilton). While the narrator has much improved his performance in the last few years, he apparently still makes little effort to learn the pronunciation of foreign names and foreign -- or foreign-derived -- words (cognoscenti, kibbitzer, kibbutz, accoutrement, chai, progrom, prosciutto, and many, many others). Why this has embarrassed neither Audible nor The New York Times into action, I have no idea.
- Jeffrey Schnur