Takaki’s overview of the role of minorities in America’s history—native, immigrant, racial, national, ethnic, and religious—clearly takes their side and sympathizes with their often appalling treatment but saves overt polemic for the conclusion. Peter Berkrot’s narration, fittingly, adopts a tone of mostly understated sympathy. Quotations often suggest an accent or dialect—Hispanic, Southern, Irish, for example—a tactic that adds warmth and color but manages to skirt stereotyping by its subtlety. Berkrot’s voice is a bit astringent but serviceable; his reading well paced, eloquent, and clear; his tone and expression are well matched to the text. Barring a few high-profile mispronunciations (“epi-stemology”), he gives a professional but personable reading of a history more Americans should know. W.M. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2011]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2011
CD ISBN 9781452601557 $49.99 Sixteen CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781452651552 $34.99 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. Tantor Media 2011
CD ISBN 9781452631554 $119.99 Sixteen CDs
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