Listening and learning.
I really enjoyed this audio book. It's quite a relaxed format and covers a wide range of topics. Sometimes the questions from Barsamian are a bit fawning, but generally it is to the point and is very interesting. There's even a section on Chomsky's work on language, which isn't a subject I knew much about so it was interesting to hear him speak about it.
I'd really recommend this audio book if you are interested in Chomsky's views.
I'm 2 hours into this audio book right now. The content is interesting. However the narration is comically bad.
There have been so many mispronunciations of words that I've laughed and cried in equal measure.
This is a heavy subject with a huge amount of context, so having the narrator talk about "Eye-rinnians" (Iranians), "nuke-ular weapons" (I remember how the slow children at school were laughed at for saying nukeular) and "the lobby's raison de entree" (presumably raison d'etre), to give 3 quick examples, really does the book a disservice.
The only positive note about the narration is that he's not tried to get all emotive. But basically, the narrator isn't, in my opinion, up to the task of narrating this book if he consistently makes such glaring mistakes. Also, I don't know who quality checks audio books before releasing them, but surely they would have spotted all the cock-ups.
My advice to whichever company published this audio book would be to get a decent narrator and start again.
I'll carry on with the book and will put an accurate score for the content, but get the feeling that some of it is going to get through grated teeth because of the shoddy narration.
The content is very good - Chomsky has been comprehensive and expansive in his explanations. The book is circa 2003 so some of the points are more relevant to that time than to 10 years later. All in all it's well worth a listen and has a lot of extremely valid and interesting points and examples.
The narrator is American and I found his narrating a bit annoying - from the regular mispronunciation of hegemony as "he-jem-inny" (and yes, I know it's the American way, but is still sounds like English is being butchered) to his attempts to dramatise some passages. With Chomsky's writing, the whole point is that it is calm and matter of fact, so increasing the pace and stressing certain points in the narration didn't seem right and got on my nerves.
Overall, I would recommend it and say it is definitely worth a listen.
Fintan presents a well balanced view of what went wrong in Ireland. We all want a simple story, the banks caused the crisis. But, he paints a picture of a crisis waiting to happen in a country the kept voting in openly corrupt politicians who allowed unregulated banks and financial institutions to run wild, and sqandered money through the boom times. Worse still the government just kept borrowing to keep it all going for the last 7 or 8 years.
It's a nicely narrated book that moves along quickly and kept me engaged. Tone of the book is conversational.
I really enjoyed it.