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Had hoped to be able to hang on long enough to get an impression of the writer’s take on Dreyfus. Far too much explanation of why French Catholics might have been touchy, from the Revolution on; even though French Protestants had already been massacred or had fled abroad, with significant damage to the economy.
I can’t tolerate any longer the narrator’s bored, flat voice or his utter refusal to pronounce French names in any recognisable form.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Maybe, if you can stand being read to in the pompous, ponderous, portentous manner of this narrator.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Don't know. Couldn't get beyond Chapter 1.
How could the performance have been better?
Tone down the narrator or choose someone different.
Was The Dreyfus Affair worth the listening time?
Not for me. And it was expensive, too.
Any additional comments?
Piers Paul Read is a significant writer who deserves a better narrator
This was a very interesting and in-depth look at the Dreyfus Affair. The author explains in detail the historical, social and political context in which the event took place. The roots of the affair trace back to the schism between the traditionalists and secularists in the French Revolution, and Dreyfus became a pawn between these competing forces. Very balanced in presenting the thoughts and motives of those on both sides of the issue, and very moving in describing Dreyfus's imprisonment. A fascinating look at how an injustice could both be perpetrated by those with noble motives and how decisions become self-perpetuating.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I was unable to get past the second chapter--Mr. Pevsner is a very stilted reader of English, and he completely butchers the French language. The combination of these two issues led me to return the audio book and buy a print copy, because I really want to read this book!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful