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I'm a fan of Hanna Rosin's work, and this is a very thoughtful, well-reported book. It's a little sensationalist in places, but overall feels exceptionally well-researched and evenly written.
I don't care for Ms. Merlington's reading, though. I suspected something might go amiss because in the opening credits, she's credited as 'performing' the book, not reading it.
I don't think it's appropriate in a non-fiction book for the reader to adopt voices and accents for the character. That's an act of interpretation that can be very effective in fiction, but shouldn't be applied to actual people. The way Ms. Merlington reads a quotation--the tone, the pacing, the inflection--all add a significant layer of subjective meaning to it.
I haven't heard this style in audio non-fiction books, and I hope it's not a growing trend. I much prefer a 'straight' reading for non-fiction works.
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Hanna Rsin does a lovely job elucidating the challenges working class americans face in the new economy, and explaining how women are adapting and men aren't.
The reporting is sometimes too anecdotal to come across as authoratative, but the anecdotes make the book more lively.
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator was way too emotive and often judgemental of the people in the book. The voices she used for them were terrible.
Any additional comments?
I wish this had been read by the author. Rosin has a lovely voice and a great presence in podcasts.
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