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  • The Commentaries

  • By: Julius Caesar
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Classic of mispronunciation

  • By Steven on 07-08-12

Classic of mispronunciation

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-12

I bought this audiobook recently and am absolutely appalled at the mispronunciation of so much of the text by Charlton Griffin. I would be fascinated to know whether English is his first language or whether any audio proof reading was conducted on the recording. It is incoceivable that a professional reader could pronounce ordinary English words so badly.

Apart from the dreadful stressing of words like "forest" which is spokes as "four-est", there are glaring and disconcerting mistakes that leave the listener trying to make sense of the text.

Some examples are
"dogged pursuit" as in "dog-ed" is pronounced "dog'd"
"draught of men" as in "draft", pronounced "drout"
Americanism such as "missile" as in "miss'ile" pronounced "mizzle" and many more
"redoubt" pronounced "read-out"
Pronunciation of French place names in many cases are just not capable of understanding, such as the rivers "Aisne" which comes as "eye-ne" as opposed to "ayne" or "Saone" appearing as "sain" as opposed to "sa-own"
And dozens more of which perhaps the most amusing is the confusion of "route" and "rout", both pronounced "rout".

I wish I had not bought it and would advise readers to look for a better narrator.

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