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What would have made Burger's Daughter better?
It's no longer a sound quality issue. It's entirely a narrator issue. The book is incredibly tiresome but as one reviewer put it, it is certainly "novelistically faultless." The historical part was at times interesting, but boy do you have to slog through endless descriptions of flowers, doors, and digressions that do nothing but bore.
What didn’t you like about Nadia May’s performance?
I'm South African and I can confirm that she didn't check ANY pronunciations. Her Afrikaans, Xhosa, even Portuguese (Samora Machel, pronounced Mackell) were all wrong. I can almost not think of a single word she got right: rondavel, Motlanthe, Mbeki, Knysna, Cloete, you name it. Absolutely unforgivable. If you have to have a non-South African narrator (and I don't see why you'd have to) narrate one SA's finest writers then at very least check pronunciations. Her SA accent is pretty terrible too, but non-SA listeners may not be as bothered. I've listened to May narrate Origins of Totalitarianism and she's a good narrator. Not sure why she's debased herself in this way.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Its a pleasure to read Nadine Gordimer's prose. The story concerns the daughter of revolutionaries in South Africa--growing up as a member of the underground with legendary parents who were repeatedly imprisoned. She is then left to assume her individual identity, juggling the many people captivated by their images of her, expectations that she will carry on her parents' legacy, and her own principles and need for individuality. The book captures the beauty and brutality of South Africa, a land with so many contradictions--racists and heroes, open wild spaces and strictly imposed barriers, and of course black and white. Nadia May captures South African accents wonderfully.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
It is an interesting book, but I could not listen to it. A terrible recording.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful