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This was an engrossing listen, but the narrator could have bothered to learn how to pronounce the names of the people better. That was a really jarring experience.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I liked the book itself quite a bit but found the narrator too distracting. The narrators atrocious pronunciation of Indian words was almost comical and distracted me from the serious storyline.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Where does Churchill's Secret War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's a pretty good audiobook. I've just listened to all of Simon Schama's "History of Britain" which ended off with some scathing commentary on the mismanagement of the Raj so it's interesting to move from that to an in-depth exploration of the Bengal Famine and India in the war effort.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Adams?
Probably Madhav Sharma, who did a superb job with Kim. Mr Adams isn't a bad narrator per se, but the main problem is that he can't code switch accents when pronouncing a number of Indian terms and names which means that they sound tortured and very odd in his rather plummy British accent. This is, I suppose forgivable in the first couple of chapters where we get fleeting references to "die-wanns" (diwans) and so forth but in a book dealing primarily with India in the Inter-War period, the Second World War and it's aftermath, an inability to pronounce "satyagraha" or "Bose" (protip- it's not "Bo-Say") can be really jarring and jerks one out of the flow. It's as if I were listening to a history of the American Revolution and kept hearing about "George Wossingteen" (not that I'm trying to equate Bo-say with General Wossingteen) and the "Con-TINE-ental Congroos".
Any additional comments?
I wouldn't choose not to buy this audiobook just because of the narrator- in all else he's reasonably easy to listen to and Mukarjee's narrative itself is compelling and well written.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I did learn a lot about India and its colonization by Brittan. the book is full of numbered statistics which are hard for me to absorb just hearing them. this might have between a better read than a listen.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful