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The subject of the book is both important and interesting, the book itself well written. Unfortunately, this is marred by a reader who makes repetitive pronunciation errors which are quite inexcusable. It's too bad that this has happened.
How could the performance have been better?
You need a reader who can read properly!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Finkelstein: Crucial, important and revealing book.
Crandall: Countless hair-raising, knuckle-whitening, palm-to-forehead mispronunciations.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
I'm 2 hours into this audio book right now. The content is interesting. However the narration is comically bad.
There have been so many mispronunciations of words that I've laughed and cried in equal measure.
This is a heavy subject with a huge amount of context, so having the narrator talk about "Eye-rinnians" (Iranians), "nuke-ular weapons" (I remember how the slow children at school were laughed at for saying nukeular) and "the lobby's raison de entree" (presumably raison d'etre), to give 3 quick examples, really does the book a disservice.
The only positive note about the narration is that he's not tried to get all emotive. But basically, the narrator isn't, in my opinion, up to the task of narrating this book if he consistently makes such glaring mistakes. Also, I don't know who quality checks audio books before releasing them, but surely they would have spotted all the cock-ups.
My advice to whichever company published this audio book would be to get a decent narrator and start again.
I'll carry on with the book and will put an accurate score for the content, but get the feeling that some of it is going to get through grated teeth because of the shoddy narration.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Good overview of the salient points regarding the conflict.
the narrator should have made the effort to learn how to pronounce certain names and words correctly. very monotonous.