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Potentially riveting, but very badly let down by an awful narrator
on 2 December 2009
After spending many hours travelling and listening, gripped by the audiobooks `Remarkable Creatures' by Tracy Chevalier and narrated by Sarah Le Fevre then `Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species' by Sean Carroll (Author) and narrated by Jim Bond, I was eager to pop this (Origin) audiobook into my car's CD player and hit the road; how wrong and disappointed could I have been in my haste to listen to THIS audiobook.
In principle, the `Origin of Species' should make fascinating listening: I read sections of it as a biology undergrad at Uni in the early 80s. I thought an easy way to do a complete `read' would be to listen to the audiobook in half-hour or so `nuggets' twice a-day in my car.
From the moment the narrator set off his voice and reading manner grated on my nerves. It is a `dead' reading by a narrator who sounds to be a rather bored caricature of Kenneth Williams (of `Carry On' films fame): his voice is grating, irritating and gives an overall impression that he cannot really be bothered expending the breath to read aloud this seminal work. Just to increase ones irritation level to bursting point, any passages in French are grossly over-enunciated to the point that is seems the utterance each and every syllable has caused excruciating agony to the narrator: for sure, this recording was a truly excruciating experience for this listener - giving birth to a bag of razor blades would be less painful.
At first, I gave the CD the benefit of the doubt by thinking that perhaps David Case would read only the introduction and perhaps another narrator would read the main body of the book, but no, this was not to be.
I toyed with the idea of giving this audiobook a 1-star rating, but my conscience would not allow me to do that to dear old Darwin and the inclusion of a pdf of the revised Origin of Species is an excellent addition to the CD. I am sorry to say that I received this CD one day and returned it to Amazon the next - it is truly awful, so buy it at your peril.
I rest my `Case'.