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I just bought this audiobook, and downloaded it with anticipation as I believe this is a hot and fascinating topic, and wanted to learn more. I didn't even think to look and see who narrated it. But within a few minutes of listening, I wanted to stab my eyes out at the slooooowww, monotone southern drawl of the author. I know from a quick Google search that Joel Bourne is an acclaimed, award-winning journalist and I'm sure the content is well-researched and compelling. But professional narrators exist for a reason -- they have the ability to read a book in a way that allows a listener sink into the content and material, and absorb it with rapt attention without really realizing they're being read to. That's the beauty of an audiobook. A born and raised fast-talking upper Midwesterner, I just can't handle listening to this. It's far too distracting, as I have to concentrate too hard to understand. "Did he say 'oil' or 'owl?'" Ugh. Maybe one day I'll download the Kindle version and try the book form, but for now, I'm asking for my credit back. One would think that after all that work put into a book, authors would want the delivery of it executed to perfection. This is such a pet peeve of mine. It's like a screenwriter wanting to act in their own movies. I just don't get it. If it was to save a buck or two, it backfired in the loss of a purchase. So sorry to write this, but it's super frustrating. Next time I'll be sure to preview a sample first, which I usually do for novels but didn't think to do for this non-fiction title.
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