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White-Jacket

Narrated by: Joseph Sepe
Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
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Herman Melville, potentially one of America’s most important novelists, wrote White Jacket (published in 1850) based on his experiences serving the US Navy aboard the frigate USS Neversink from 1843 to 1844. White Jacket is considered to be Melville’s most politically charged novel due to its severe criticism of the US Navy and its policies at the time. In fact, the novel helped bring about the end of flogging aboard Naval ships (then a standard practice) due to its graphic and brutal descriptions of the floggings Melville himself witnessed.

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Poorly narrated

It's an interesting book, but the narrator sounds like he's reading a list. I can forgive a few mispronuciations (Trafalgar, for example, was pronounced "Traffle-gar"), but he has no instinct for modulating a sentence. Every single punctuation mark appears to has been read as if it was a full-stop, making this impossible to really get into.

William Hootkins's excellent performance of Moby Dick was way ahead of this.

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  • 22-04-19

Abject lack of vocabulary and reading skills

I don’t blame narrator Joseph Sepe for having the worst vocabulary or weakest reading skills I’ve ever heard by a narrator for an Audible book. I blame the people who hired him. This was the most painful listen I have encountered yet on Audible. How can you hire a narrator who can’t even pronounce the name Trafalgar? I heard the same word mispronounced two separate ways in the same sentence. DON’T BUY THIS BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE A SPEACH THERAPIST AND YOU NEED EXAMPLES OF HOW NOT TO READ.
Audible please find someone with at least a scintilla of historical knowledge to help you hire / approve your narrators.