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This is an important message with great content but is almost completely unlistenable due to the Hollywood movie trailer voice that reads it in the audio book. I honestly think it's the voice of Optimus Prime from Transformers. The historically significant and relevant factual message and content is totally lost through the narrated voice that makes it sound like complete fiction. I hung in there as long as I could but couldn't listen any more after 4 chapters. Jonathan Cahn reads the Harbinger, let's bring him back for this one!
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The book has some very interesting information but it suffers a lot in several ways -- from the author repeating himself in chapter after chapter to issues with actual audio recording.
First the author changed the book format from story telling (in The Harbinger) to a straight non-fiction format -- which would be good if it wasn't written as a sort of collection of smaller discussions. Many of these discussions repeat facts already stated (nearly verbatim) adding only a little more information as you read. The first half of the book is the worst part where some 15 or more chanter could have been edited down to about 4 or 5 without the constant repeating of the facts. I got past that and it got better. Another issue is that the author seems to be really stretching at times to make the facts fit the narrative.
As of this writing, the audio title itself seems to be a CD rip, but it has several places where there are audible (pun intended) skips during the recording and a few sections that actually repeat. The skips occur in several places and you lose the point the author was trying to make. I notified audible and hopefully they will fix the download.
Overall, the book is still a good listen barring several places where it gets a bit frustrating. It probably could have had been edited better and trimmed down a good 40% and been a great book.
The other BIG detractor in this title is the narrator... He has the "movie trailer" voice and every line is delivered in a dramatic deep tone. It actually detracts from the book because it sounds like a several hour long movie preview. You can only listen to so much at a time before the voice starts to irritate. The author has a far better voice and should have done it himself.
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What disappointed you about The Mystery of Shemitah?
This audiobook sounds as if it was recorded directly from a CD, which skipped atrociously throughout. The reader was also over-dramatic, but I got used to that.The Shemitah is a promising and timely title which could do with a re-release. But I guess there's only two months to go until the next Elul 29 so good luck with that.
Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Cahn again?
Yes: Jonathan Cahn is an excellent author - his book the Harbinger was a tour de force. This book was let down by the production values, not by his text.
How could the performance have been better?
Get Jonathan Cahn to perform it (he is an excellent narrator) - and check the recording quality before sign-off.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
My principle reaction was "Why did Audible release such a substandard recording?" This was a baffling misstep from Audible.
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