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The narrator sounds like she's smiling through all the descriptions of terrible wars, gang rapes of children etc. Like the endlessly, inappropriately cheery newsreader from 'Futurama', but with vocal fry.
Sorry, but has to be said. :(
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Amazing book of essays: So powerful. So thoughtful. So necessary.
The narrator, on the other hand, spoke like a news robot. Over-enunciating the wrong syllables, her cantor was inauthentic. She sounds comedically American- not like a real human, but a caricature of my country-people. The most disappointing and truly distracting aspect of her narration is that she, rather expertly, keeps an optimism and happiness in her tone, as if she’s smiling with every word. It’s as if the entire narration is an advertisement selling laundry soap. When she should be slower, more deliberate, more somber, she sounds like she’s telling someone’s secret, with a pleasurable smile. These stories require more gravity, more seriousness, more austerity. I wish I could tell her: It’s okay not to sound happy or read this with a smile. It’s okay not to be giving the listener an audible wink. Please, retake this. Be authentic. Be nuanced. Allow yourself to be immersed and affected.
For the potential reader, buy the book.
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