Twenty essays by esteemed scholars, including editors Kruse and Zelizer, are performed by Allan Aquino, Maleah Woodley, Todd Menesses, and Sasha LaPointe. The strong texts strive to correct a variety of American myths relating to exceptionalism, immigration, Confederate monuments, and voter fraud. There are, however, some puzzling production choices: Essays open with brief musical offerings having no relationship to the subject, and there is little attempt to pair female and male scholars with same-gender narrators. While Woodley adopts an unfortunate broadcast-news style, LaPointe manages the complex fluency of nonfiction quite well. Menesses's more mature-sounding tones are a better match for the weighty material than Aquino's youthful voice. Sadly, the particular, and difficult, art of nonfiction narration is somewhat lacking here. S.G. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2023]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9781668615270 $29.98
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