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A Book of Migrations

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Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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In this acclaimed exploration of the culture of others, Rebecca Solnit travels through Ireland, the land of her long-forgotten maternal ancestors. A Book of Migrations portrays in microcosm a history made of great human tides of invasion, colonization, emigration, nomadism, and tourism. Enriched by cross-cultural comparisons with the history of the American West, A Book of Migrations carves a new route through Ireland’s history, literature, and landscape.

©2011 Rebecca Solnit (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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Narration was fine overall but the pronunciation of place names was poor. There was also really awful accents being attempted.

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Solnit’s writing overshadowed by poor performance

As ever, Rebecca Solnit does not disappoint. What is disappointing about this book is the narrator, and especially her terrible mock-Irish accent. I don’t really understand why she would choose to do that rather than let the words of Oscar Wilde and other historical Irish people (as well as a German, I recall) speak for themselves. It’s distracting from the content and in pretty poor taste to an Irish listener.

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I love Rebecca Solnit's writing

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The narrator was ill chosen. She mispronounced words, which is such a shame when
one is reading such great, intelligent writer's words. Rebecca Solnit is an exceptional
writer, and this narrator simply was not up to the task of bringing her words to audio.
Such a shame, because it is an excellent book. I bought a copy and read it.

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