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For me, listening to an audio book all boils down to the narration. If the narrator is flat and toneless, I can't enjoy the story no matter how interesting it may be in and of itself. That being said, this narrator is the worst I have heard! His diction is flat and his meter is so obvious I felt like I was riding a roller coaster. Instead of enjoying the story I found myself distract by his up, down, up, down droning. I was thoroughly dissappointed, especially because I was looking very forward to these stories.
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There was some good in here, such as, The tale of Sheherazade, The Bull and The Ass, some of the Trader with the Jinni, some of the Fisherman and the Jinni, etc. Instead of buying eleven hours of this all together, I suggest you buy them one tale at a time. The sing song narration, repetition of similar stories and wide variety of strange names and thy's and old English can wear on your nerves after a while. I enjoyed the first stories, but toward the end it became white noise. This is suppose to be vol one thru three of a ten volume set. Not included are Aladdin, Sinbad, the Forty Thieves, and so on. These you know because they are the better stories and they are sold separately, buy them that way.
Here are some Arabian truths you will learn buy reading this:
"Rely, not on women: Trust not to their hearts, Whose joys and whose sorrows, Are hung to their parts!"
Here are some common themes, Man loves his wife, but she does not love him and she cheats on him with a black slave. Black slaves are big and ugly. Kindness leads to calamity, so do not be kind. Ifrit's can easily be fooled. She is as pretty as a full moon. Women will always cheat with black men, but that will always lead to them getting cut into little pieces or having their head cut off or both. If a crime is committed someone will hang. If you can not find the guilty then someone else will do, as long as someone hangs.
Narrator is probably reading this the sing song way he is suppose to, but that does not mean I got to like it.
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