I have always idolized Robert Reich, and love hearing him on NPR from time to time (not often enough!). When my bookclub picked this recent book of his, I eagerly sought an audio vsn, as I was excited about hearing him read the whole thing. It was a real disappointment to see that he wasn't the reader... but not as disappointing as the reading itself. It sounded like he was reading for lip-readers who were just learning English. Ev-e-ry syl-la-ble was sla-vish-ly pro-nounced. It was such an unnatural delivery that I finally gave up, for fear of grinding my teeth down to little nubs. I don't know this reader, but see he's won some awards. Perhaps he feels that his over-enunciated delivery is appropriate for non-fiction. It was completely inappropriate for Reich's very relaxed prose. My darling Reich-- why didn't you read it yourself???
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