Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2016
DD ISBN 9780735285224 $30.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2016
DD ISBN 9780735285231 $95.00
NPR's "Fresh Air" guest host and TV critic narrates his less-than-entertaining look at television's programming quality over the years. The author's plodding narration strangely parallels what too often seems like endless lists of series cast members. Bianculli arbitrarily identifies examples of television's evolving quality without convincing or thoughtful discussion. He often sounds like press releases for many of the television series discussed. Brief interviews with key players such as Mel Brooks pepper the work. Overall, there is insufficient interpretation, insight, and critical perspective in this book, and the workmanlike narration is congruent to it. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2017]
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