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Terrible narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-2019

As all the other reviewers have commented, this has really terrible narration.
The biggest problem is that the narrator either hasn't read the script before recording it, or the script has been formatted in some strange way. The result is that he puts in full stops. When the sentences are meant to go on. Further. Anyway, he ends up emphasising and pausing on a word in the middle of a sentence that doesn't have any particular significance and then picks up again. It is very hard to follow.
Also, the narrator is American when this is an Australian story with a few references that the author and most Australians would get but the narrator doesn't seem to be aware of (again through his strange emphasis). Also, he pronounces Melbourne and Brisbane the way they are spelt, not the way we actually say them, and this lack of familiarity with Australia really undermines his authority to speak about our history.

Weird pronunciation mars good book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-2018

The narrator seems to master a lot of the foreign names and words, which is laudable, but mispronounces common English words, notably “short-lived”. It’s really weird because he speaks very clearly and with an American accent but gets common words wrong. It’s quite distracting.

A different perspective on history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-2018

This book is great for giving a different perspective on history if, like me, you tend to to think of it from a Europe-centric position. If you suffer from the understanding that the broad outline of history is: 1. Greece and Rome were great but 2. Collapsed into 1000 years of dark Middle Ages until 3. The Renaissance woke Europe’s former glory and led to the modern age, then this is the book for you. Only real complaint is that the narrator puts on funny accents when reading out quotations- his impression of Ronald Reagan was okay, but Churchill, George W Bush and Obama were woeful. Some of the accents chosen for reading out quotations from Russians, Persians and Arabs were borderline offensive.