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Horrible narration by Brian Jones. The artificially deep voice and the very choppy delivery make following Chomsky's words challenging. Just buy the book
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Regardless of how important it is to hear what Mr. Chomsky has to say—this audiobook is unlistenable.
It's because the narration is horrible. Brian Jones reads in the most bizarre fashion imaginable—with a panic-stricken, hyper-emotional, gravelly whisper—as though he's deathly afraid that someone in the next room might hear him. It's completely weird, and thoroughly distracting.
Furthermore, Jones has adopted a tone of complete sarcasm, as though he's making an ongoing joke—some kind of insinuation, like "Boy, isn't the establishment stupid—not smart like us!" I've read enough Chomsky to know that it should be read in a factual, not a sneering tone. It's an insult to any serious listener.
To be fair, I don't think ANY of this should be blamed on Mr. Chomsky. He's extremely insightful, and there's just no way he'd want the serious facts of his book to be slaughtered—ruined—by such demeaning narration. Sorry, Noam—you really got shafted on this one!
There may be listeners who'll take exception to this harsh review, but there are certainly others who are simply too politically correct or too timid to mention it.
For my part, it sickens me that Chomsky's book—so pertinent, timely, and necessary—is trivialized by such terrible narration.
Before I abandoned it, I had listened to perhaps thirty minutes of the book—after which I only wanted to retain it long enough to publish this negative review. After that, I'm planning on asking Audible for my money back.
Don't be cowed, Audible Listeners! Stand up for quality! Stand up for sanity! Don't tolerate bad narration! And sorry again, Noam—I'll catch you in print!
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