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The content of the book is good but the narration is cartoonish, distracting and over the top.
on June 23, 2017
This would be a good book to read but not to listen to. I generally prefer audio books because I spent a lot of time on the road and it's convenient to listen to books in my car. This book has a serious and relevant subject matter but the narration is just plain comical. The narrator has a good voice -- a radio voice -- but is constantly trying to sound like a woman or a girl or a boy or an elderly person whenever he is quoting someone in one of those categories, and it's downright funny to hear him make those attempts. I think a female listening to this audio book might find his characterizations of women anywhere from condescending to demeaning. I can picture this guy as a preschool teacher reading story books to toddlers. Little kids might appreciate his audio depictions of children, women, elderly people and men other than himself. But as an adult male, I found his voice characterizations to be cartoonish and distracting from the content of the book. Is he trying to be the Mel Blanc of book narrations? I'm wondering why the publisher didn't just spring for a female co-narrator to do the female parts. But even in that scenario, I think it's fine to use the same voice throughout, because the listener would obviously know the narrator is providing a quote from the character that he or she just introduced. Mr. Narrator, we readers (or should I say, listeners) are not idiots. We know when you are portraying the viewpoint of a character in this book. You don't have to produce a cheesy voice for each of the countless persons (real or imagined) that are presented in the book. I'm still struggling to get through the entire audio book. I am genuinely interested in the subject matter. However, I'm not sure I'll make it to the end, having to hear this narrator and his non-stop parade of inane voice characterizations.