I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and felt my eyes opened to some specific scandals in the health-food and pharmaceutical industries. My only criticisms are that the topics/chapters are a little repetitive in parts, and that the narration can be somewhat patronising in tone (though I notice some of the reviews on Amazon make this comment about the book itself, so maybe the narrator is being true to the text?!). Anyway, I'd certainly recommend this.
I thoroughly enjoyed and got wrapped up in this book and the excellent narration. Having found Lollipop Shoes a slightly uncomfortable listen due to the disturbing subject of identity theft, it was lovely to revisit the village of Lansquenet and themes developed from Chocolat.
As ever I enjoyed Michael Jayston's reading of the book, but somehow the story didn't engage me as much as others in the series. This is the earliest I've listened to so far and I've tended to enjoy the later ones more. Should I risk going back any further I wonder...?
I enjoyed some sections (e.g. Iran, USA, North Korea) more than others, but overall an informative and entertaining book. Well worth a listen.
Another Bart Ehrman book I've thoroughly enjoyed. I learned plenty along the way and enjoyed the writing and presentation style. I got slightly frustrated with the repetition of certain points and phrases, sometimes word-for-word, particularly in the first half of the book. I also felt that the author slightly over-played some of his arguments and played down (though didn't ignore) one or two more credible counter-arguments, but perhaps that's always going to be the case (and is probably more true for other authors who stick to a far more conservative line!). Nonetheless, I was hooked through to the end. Now it'll no doubt be another all-too-long wait for his next book!
I found the content of this book interesting, particularly discovering that over-literal interpretations of the Bible (inc' the creation stories) are a relatively recent development.
However, my enjoyment of the book was significantly spoilt by the appallingly robotic narration and strange, sometimes misleading, voice inflections. This made listening hard work. Consequently I've dropped at least one star from the rating I would otherwise have given.
Was the narration computer-synthesised from samples of Josephine Bailey's voice rather than the book being read normally? If so, I hope this isn't a general trend for Audible. (That said, I guess if it means we get access to certain books that would otherwise be unfeasible produce in audio form there's some benefit, but it's put me off a somewhat.)
This was a fun listen and I would have given it 4 stars. I knocked one off for the over-indulgent insertion of canned sound effects every two or three sentences (or so it seemed at times) underneath the narration. To be honest I became less aware of this by the end of the story, but early on I found it off-putting. Certainly worth a listen though - it had me smiling and laughing a good few times.
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