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Buio a mezzogiorno ❰Reading❯ ➻ Buio a mezzogiorno Author Arthur Koestler – Thomashillier.co.uk Nell Urss dei tardi anni Trenta, durante l imperversare delle purghe staliniane, l ex commissario del popolo e rivoluzionario della prima ora Rubasciov rinchiuso in carcere in attesa di un processo pe Nell Urss dei tardi anni Trenta, durante l imperversare delle purghe staliniane, l ex commissario del popolo e rivoluzionario della prima ora Rubasciov rinchiuso in carcere in attesa di un processo per atti rivoluzionari Si trova cos ad essere vittima di un meccanismo che nella sua indefettibile fedelt al Partito egli stesso ha infinite volte attivato, tradendo compagni e amici, rinnegando ogni principio morale, pur di eliminare ogni eventuale ostacolo alla sopravvivenza del comunismo Di fronte agli estenuanti interrogatori cui sottoposto, accusato di crimini mai commessi, si Buio a MOBI :↠ rende conto che ci che gli inquisitori vogliono non accertare la verit , ma semplicemente ottenere da lui una confessione che giustifichi una condanna gi pronunciata Scritto nel , il romanzo uno dei pi lucidi e toccanti atti d accusa contro i meccanismi perversi del totalitarismo e i guasti irreparabili dell ideologia.


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  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    This is a diseased century.We diagnosed the disease and its causes with microscopic exactness, but wherever we applied the healing knife a new sore appeared Our will was hard and pure, we should have been loved by the people But they hate us Why are we so odious and detested We brought you truth, and in our mouth it sounded a lie We brought you freedom, and it looks in our hands like a whip We brought you the living life, and where our voices is heard the trees wither and there is a rustli This is a diseased century.We diagnosed the disease and its causes with microscopic exactness, but wherever we applied the healing knife a new sore appeared Our will was hard and pure, we should have been loved by the people But they hate us Why are we so odious and detested We brought you truth, and in our mouth it sounded a lie We brought you freedom, and it looks in our hands like a whip We brought you the living life, and where our voices is heard the trees wither and there is a rustling of dry leaves We brought you the promise of the future, but our tongue stammered and barked.Nicholas Salmanovitch Rubashov is arrested Soviet Prison Doors Similar to the one that Rubashov found himself behind Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts But this must happen in such a way that no one become aware of it or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand, to be produced immediately Machiavelli The Old Bolsheviks that brought communism to power in Russia are being eliminated one by one by their once friend and colleague referred to in the book as No 1, but of course he is none other than Joseph Stalin The young revolutionary Joseph Stalin.Rubashov has been in trouble with the party before, but had always managed to do what was necessary to survive The new generation of revolutionaries are not as well educated, meaner, and barely recognize the names of those that were once heralded as heroes by the revolution As Rubashov sits in prison he is left to ponder what has went wrongWe whip the groaning masses of the country towards a theoretical future happiness, which only we can see For the energies of this generation are exhausted they were spent in the Revolution for this generation is bled white and there is nothing left of it but a moaning, numbed apathetic lump of sacrificial flesh.Those are the consequences of our consequentialness You called it vivisection morality To me it sometimes seems as though the experimenters had torn the skin off the victim and left it standing with bared tissues, muscles and nerves.Rubashov does not have a safety net of friends, most have perished, some were betrayed by his silence when he was in a position to save them He is left with his mind and his words to try to once again escapePHYSICAL LIQUIDATIONHis fellow inmates communicate with him through a tapping code They are less than impressed to find out who he is in fact, the only use he has to 402 is to share his last sexual encounterin detail please WHEN DID YOU LAST SLEEP WITH A WOMAN THREE WEEKS AGO TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT SNOWY BREASTS FITTING INTO CHAMPAGNE GLASSES GO ON DETAILS THIGHS LIKE A WILD MARE GOOD CHAP GO ON THAT S ALL GO ON PLEASE, PLEASE Rubashov becomes too embarrassed to go on He hasthinking to do More explaining to do to himself He has two interrogators One is Ivanov an old friend and comrade from the revolution and the other is Gletkin a man of the new generation whose stiff uniform creaks and groans every time he moves One is trying to save him and one is trying to kill him In his diary Rubashov is still justifying his past decisions He still believes in the movement, but is disenchanted with the peopleIn periods of maturity it is the duty and the function of the opposition to appeal to the masses In periods of mental immaturity, only demagogues invoke the higher judgment of the people In such situations the opposition has two alternatives to seize the power by a coup d etat, without being able to count on the support of the masses or in mute despair to throw themselves out of the swing to die in silence He is an intellectual intellectualizing what is looking like a failed improvement in government Lots of people die andwill continue to die and when you ask the peasants if their lives are better than they were four years ago or forty years ago or two hundred and forty years ago the answer is the same.no The revolutionaries turn out to be as brutal as the Czarist government they overthrew and since we know that Stalin is only warming up by the publication date 1940 of this book we know it will get much, much worse Stalin had nearly a million of his own citizens executed, beginning in the 1930s Millionsfell victim to forced labor, deportation, famine, massacres, and detention and interrogation by Stalin s henchmen In some cases, a quota was established for the number to be executed, the number to be arrested, said Naimark Some officials overfulfilled as a way of showing their exuberanceJoseph StalinThings do not go well for Rubashov His mind has been degraded from lack of sleep and he has decided the easiest way to go is to admit guilt on certain pointsHe had believed that he had drunk the cup of humiliation to the dregs Now he was to find that powerlessness had as many grads as power that defeat could become as vertiginous as victory, and that its depths were bottomless I do not really like Rubashov I do though identify with him enough to feel uncomfortable I find that most revolutionary ideological people are frankly irresponsible They overthrow a government, but are generally so paranoid that they resort to the same or worse tactics as the original government to keep control They justify their actions by saying such things are necessary for the cause We were lucky in our revolution in the United States because it wasabout expelling a foreign power from our shores than it was about overthrowing a government Our Revolutionary Heroes, after the war, were willing to share a certain amount of power with the people Freedom wasimportant to them than power Although the revolution wasabout greed how dare thee tax me than about being oppressed This country, by the wisdom of our forefathers,was built on a foundation of freedom and sometimes we have to remind ourselves of those principles Russia is a country that continues to wrestle with their identity They need strong leadership confident enough to allow their society to be ruled by freedom rather than by fear I do hope they find a way to throw off the shackles of their history and become the amazing country I know they are capable of being Bucket list grand tour of Russia Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler, Hungarian by birth, certainly was a man with a controversial past He joined the Foreign Legion during World War Two and deserted He attempted suicide when he thought that his manuscript of this book along with his girlfriend Daphne Hardy had been sunk by the Germans It turned out not to be true It is unclear which he wasupset about losing He became a British citizen and later in life he successfully committed suicide when he found out he was terminally ill with cancer He convinced his much younger wife to commit suicide as well Their mutual friends felt that he must have bullied her into it He was also accused of being a serial rapist although some of this was explained away by the fact that he was a rough lover Despite his failings as a human being he did write an important book that will be read and quoted long past the time when anyone will really remember there ever was a USSR.If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Sonnenfinsternis Darkness at Noon, c1940, Arthur KoestlerDarkness at Noon German Sonnenfinsternis is a novel by Hungarian born British novelist Arthur Koestler, first published in 1940 His best known work, it is the tale of Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik who is arrested, imprisoned, and tried for treason against the government that he had helped to create 2001 Sonnenfinsternis Darkness at Noon, c1940, Arthur KoestlerDarkness at Noon German Sonnenfinsternis is a novel by Hungarian born British novelist Arthur Koestler, first published in 1940 His best known work, it is the tale of Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik who is arrested, imprisoned, and tried for treason against the government that he had helped to create 2001 1379 240 9646235239 20 1391 245 9789642091324 230 18419171930


  3. Edward Edward says:

    The back of my 1972 copy of Darkness at Noon claims that it is one of the few books written in this epoch which will survive it To me, Darkness at Noon seems like a book on the verge of being forgotten It s almost never on the shelves in bookstores or libraries, and I rarely hear it discussed I don t think it s taught in schools, at least in my part of the world Perhaps with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of communism and the Cold War, the importance of the great revolutions The back of my 1972 copy of Darkness at Noon claims that it is one of the few books written in this epoch which will survive it To me, Darkness at Noon seems like a book on the verge of being forgotten It s almost never on the shelves in bookstores or libraries, and I rarely hear it discussed I don t think it s taught in schools, at least in my part of the world Perhaps with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of communism and the Cold War, the importance of the great revolutions of the 20th Century and their ensuing brutal authoritarian regimes is appearing less and less relevant to the current and future global political landscape Maybe they are being interpreted asof a political aberration an anomaly, rather than an important and lasting historical trend Stalin is long gone, taking the immediacy of Darkness at Noon with him But this is a book to be viewed through a much wider lens I will concede that Darkness at Noon certainly doesn t resonate as clearly with the current state of the world as does Nineteen Eighty Four, with which it is often compared But Darkness at Noon is nonetheless a wonderfully profound and important book It can be compared to Orwell s novel not only for its vision of a totalitarian political state, but also for its penetrating insights into human nature and psychology Koestler explores the nature and substance of conviction how belief in an ideology can skew moral judgement and cause people to rationalise their actions within the ideological framework He exposes logic as a dangerously unreliable tool one that can be used to justify any course of action, given a sufficiently corrupt set of starting assumptions He offers a glimpse into the means by which idealistic intentions can develop into totalitarian realities, and how ideology can propagate throughout the political ranks in a process that selects for proponents and perpetuates and reinforces itself Although the tone of the writing itself may be somewhat simple and declarative, the execution of these ideas and themes within the narrative is expertly done There is bleakness, but also humour in the writing There is a close narrative voice that draws the reader by degrees into the mind of Rubashov It is a slow untangling of a convoluted web of beliefs, actions and justifications We observe the internal oscillation in perspective that both creates and dismisses crimes when actions align with or oppose a particular ideological position, and in the next moment we see the inversion of Rubashov s previous judgement when its axioms are called into question This is a corrupted morality based on the perpetuation of the system, rather than on any real concept of right and wrong.At the core of Rubashov s story is the struggle of youth against age Those who become old earn the wisdom to see the folly of their own youthful ideals, but they must now be judged by the young, whose values have been shaped by the systems that those very ideals put into place There is a twisted irony to this perpetual struggle, and an inevitability which favors the side with energy, boldness and conviction, against that with patience, wisdom and reflection Stalin may be gone, but human nature remains unchanged


  4. Jessica Jessica says:

    Oh, how I do love those Russians Plus I m hoping reading this will make me feel better about my own life, which lately feels like a grim, freezing Stalinist dystopia of gray hopeless days It could be worse, right I ve got a lot of work to do tonight, and somehow I thought this would be an excellent time to go back and review Darkness at Noon. MUCH bigger priority than getting work done, wouldn t you say Well, so, okay, this book was a little bit bleak Yeah, not the feel good date nov Oh, how I do love those Russians Plus I m hoping reading this will make me feel better about my own life, which lately feels like a grim, freezing Stalinist dystopia of gray hopeless days It could be worse, right I ve got a lot of work to do tonight, and somehow I thought this would be an excellent time to go back and review Darkness at Noon. MUCH bigger priority than getting work done, wouldn t you say Well, so, okay, this book was a little bit bleak Yeah, not the feel good date novel of the year, not this one Darkness at Noon conveys the brutality and claustrophobia of the prison cell and interrogation room, and you kind of do feel like you re there, toothache and hunger and all, and okay let s be honest it isn t much fun.This story, such as it is, covers the madcap adventures of one Mr Rubashov, a revolutionary who is in the process of being purged by the vaguely Stalinesque Number One, leader of the Party that Rubashov helped to create Now, if you think this sounds reminiscent of the delightful 1960s television show The Prisoner, think again Actually, I bet whoever dreamed up The Prisoner had read this book a few times.But don t get excited There are no bicycles, womb chairs, or hot mod girls in striped shirts here There is only the cell, and the Party, and Rubashov s thoughts oh, and his pince nez, and the tapping guy next door, and a few tortured memories but really there s pretty much only Rubashov, and the Party.This was a helpful book for a girl who grew up in Berkeley, California, where they put red diapers on their babies and give the children Che Guevara dolls to play with Barbie s considered counter revolutionary As a good homegrown lefty, I ve always been a bit baffled by the Red Scare, and why exactly people get soooooo hysterical about communism I mean, obviously I understand why people get so freaked out about Stalin, but I mean like communism and all that sort of thinggenerally and this book did give me a better sense of what that s about I think I do get a bitwhat it is that freaky people like Ayn Rand or whoever are reacting against it s this idea of subordinating one s self in this book, the first person singular pronoun is called a grammatical fiction in service of a presumed greater good, and it s about the deeply unpleasant places one arrives at in following that line of thought to its logical conclusion.I didn t love this book, but I thought it was successful at conveying this idea well through the form of the novel The reader is in Rubashov s head truly stuck just with him and his thoughts while he sits in solitary confinement awaiting his torture and death and what works well here is that disorienting experience of occupying the person of an individual who s in denial of his and everyone else s own individual personhood Koestler s really emphasized the individuality and humanity of all the book s characters even minor ones in a way that makes them each distinctive and memorable, and this heightens the sense that there is something seriously wrong with Rubashov s world view You get or I got the eerie feeling of this empty character who s hollowed himself out into a sort of vessel for the Party, but who still retains some sense of individual humanity he suddenly experiences while confronting death Then I think that there s some trick there on the reader when this soulless, unsympathetic character begins experiencing cognitive dissonance in confronting his own sense of individual humanity, and the reader sort of gets sucked along after him, even if we started out ahead at least, that s kind of what happened to me.On the one hand, this book is agitprop, and on the other, it s a pretty decent novel but really there aren t two hands, or if there are, they re cuffed together, or intertwined or something I mean, there really isn t a novel here without the political stuff, and I sort of feel like I took two main things away from this First, Darkness at Noon is not just about Stalin but is a specific critique of the left which says that at its extreme, this political philosophy crushes the individual in service of Humanity Okay, so this is obvious, overly rehearsed stuff, as is its counterpart that the right s extreme crushes Humanity in service of the individual Blah blah blah blah, who cares, right I mean, I do But it s not news.Though I did benefit from and appreciate the anti communist perspective, what I ultimately took away from this was beyond the narcissism of left right differences When you turn out the lights, those colors and distinctions go away, and then there you are, in a dark cell Torture and murder by the state certainly didn t start with Stalin or end with ahem any recent administrations, and personally if I were arrested and tortured, I wouldn t be too overly concerned with the political nuances of the state doing it I take Darkness at Noon to be saying, on some level, that the state is just scary Politics is dangerous, because it leads to this construction of ends and means, and that just doesn t usually go anywhere good I mean, therein lies the road to extraordinary rendition via unmarked planes to Syria or whatever and a lotta other real icky stuff.This book got me thinking about a troubling phenomenon I ve always been stuck on, which is how so many activists and such with lovely leftist politics I don t really know any right wing activists, so I can t speak on that very often treat the individuals in their lives like total shit I mean, clearly not all, but enough to be noticeable, and I ve always really wondered about that My difficulty dealing with really political people on a personal level is one major reason why I m notpolitically active myself, and this book fed into my bias about that Can most people only really focus on either the individual in the foreground or humanity in the background Do we lack the lens to see both clearly at the same time I think Koestler s saying people can t, or at least, people can t in a totalitarian communist state, which is perhaps not a point that needs much belaboring.Anyway, this was a pretty good book, and I m glad that I read it While reading Kiss of the Spider Woman afterwards, I couldn t stop drawing parallels between Valentin and Rubashov, and thinking about how much happier Rubashov could have been if only they d given him a gay cinophile for a cellmate Alas, it was not to be.By the way, apparently Bill Clinton commented during the whole Lewinsky shitshow that he felt like Rubashov in Darkness at Noon, which to me seems like a very shocking and self indicting statement, considering the details of the novel here s a little article about that


  5. Manny Manny says:

    An Announcement Concerning the Class Traitor NotAfter a scrupulously fair trial in thePeople s Court, Comrade Not has been found guilty of posting an ideologically unsound review To protect other comrades from the possibility of being seduced into thought crime, the review has now been removed from the community areahas also offered Not a course of reeducation Their representatives arrived promptly at 4 am yesterday morning, and courteously but firmly helped Not to understand An Announcement Concerning the Class Traitor NotAfter a scrupulously fair trial in thePeople s Court, Comrade Not has been found guilty of posting an ideologically unsound review To protect other comrades from the possibility of being seduced into thought crime, the review has now been removed from the community areahas also offered Not a course of reeducation Their representatives arrived promptly at 4 am yesterday morning, and courteously but firmly helped Not to understand her dialectical misconceptions.Since her reeducation course, Comrade Not s behavior has been much improved She has not written anyideologically dubious posts, but sits in front of the TV, watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and weeping quietly It is truly a privilege to count myself a member of the GloriousOnline Republic of Goodreads


  6. Jack Jack says:

    A 20th century classic that succeeds on two levels As a searing indictment of totalitarian political systems, and as an absorbing human drama My initial feeling of revulsion toward the protagonist, Rubashov a former high ranking government functionary, now imprisoned and charged with crimes against the state ultimately gave way to a grudging sense of compassion At the story s climax I somehow resisted the urge to set down the book, walk down the hallway, and start drumming my hands on m A 20th century classic that succeeds on two levels As a searing indictment of totalitarian political systems, and as an absorbing human drama My initial feeling of revulsion toward the protagonist, Rubashov a former high ranking government functionary, now imprisoned and charged with crimes against the state ultimately gave way to a grudging sense of compassion At the story s climax I somehow resisted the urge to set down the book, walk down the hallway, and start drumming my hands on my bedroom door An inside reference, for those who have read this book Recommended to fans of George Orwell s 1984 George really liked Darkness at Noon there s a good chance you ll like it, too In closing How come there s never been a major theatrical film adaptation of this book It would make a fine period piece, and I d love to see it on the big screen Until thenfive stars


  7. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Darkness at Noon is a haunting picture of life in the darkest era of Stalinist Russia inside a political prison The protagonist is Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik who is arrested and tried for treason by the government that he helped create Vividly realistic, Koestler paints the life of Rubashov in his prison cell, his wall tapping conversations with other inmates, his memories of life outside and some of the crimes he committed and the rationalizations for them, as well as his confrontation with h Darkness at Noon is a haunting picture of life in the darkest era of Stalinist Russia inside a political prison The protagonist is Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik who is arrested and tried for treason by the government that he helped create Vividly realistic, Koestler paints the life of Rubashov in his prison cell, his wall tapping conversations with other inmates, his memories of life outside and some of the crimes he committed and the rationalizations for them, as well as his confrontation with his jailers the ill fated former friend Ivanov, and the brutish and violent neanderthal Gletkin of the starched sleeves and harsh methods The story moves rather quickly and the reader is drawn into the story almost immediately with the difficulty in positioning with respect to Rubashov he is a victim of an injustice and we want to feel sorry for him and yet he himself has innocent blood on his hands, lots of blood from people he threw overboard in the system knowing it meant the victims certain death so he is also repulsive This ambiguity makes the book an engaging read cover to cover As many countries shift towards authoritarian regimes, this is a timely book to read about the harsh realities for those who are not elites and even those elites who fall out of favor politically and are flattened by the machine of the state A must


  8. Perry Perry says:

    I need reminders from time to time, like those in this novel, of psychological and moral atrocities, of the hyper viciousness of a pack lead by unstable maniacs and sociopaths Darkness at Noon is a chilling novel about Nicholas Salmanovitch Rubashov, an old Bolshevik, formerly Commissar of the People, and a leader in the 1917 Russian REVolution, who is imprisoned during Stalin s purges after he speaks out against the tyranny of his former comrades These former comrades torture Rubashov and bre I need reminders from time to time, like those in this novel, of psychological and moral atrocities, of the hyper viciousness of a pack lead by unstable maniacs and sociopaths Darkness at Noon is a chilling novel about Nicholas Salmanovitch Rubashov, an old Bolshevik, formerly Commissar of the People, and a leader in the 1917 Russian REVolution, who is imprisoned during Stalin s purges after he speaks out against the tyranny of his former comrades These former comrades torture Rubashov and break him psychologically until he confesses to crimes he did not commit A powerful political classic


  9. Antigone Antigone says:

    Nothing is worse in prison than the consciousness of one s innocence it prevents acclimatization and undermines one s moraleComrade Rubashov has been arrested But this is nothing He s been around this block before He knows, for instance, this truth about the consciousness of innocence as the unseen man in the neighboring cell clearly does not The unseen man who taps at the pipewho is in many ways not unlike the conscience Comrade Rubashov put into storage some forty years before th Nothing is worse in prison than the consciousness of one s innocence it prevents acclimatization and undermines one s moraleComrade Rubashov has been arrested But this is nothing He s been around this block before He knows, for instance, this truth about the consciousness of innocence as the unseen man in the neighboring cell clearly does not The unseen man who taps at the pipewho is in many ways not unlike the conscience Comrade Rubashov put into storage some forty years before the internal saboteur he s energetically barred from congress with the rest of his psyche the empathetic weakness that tap tap taps so foolishly against the hardened steel of his intellect s door It s a tap tap tap one indulges, but fails to politically profit by.Koestler s classic, Darkness at Noon, follows the aging Rubashov through the days and nights of this imprisonment His time on the political stage is coming to a close His peers within the regime, once lions of Communist might, have been picked off by the younger cubs of the Revolutionary State Philosophical Neanderthals, he calls them, and yet they are the future And in the weeks that follow we will watch him come to terms with this reality in the same manner, it has long been suspected, Arthur Koestler was forced to come to terms with his own socialist past It is a stark and unforgiving light he shines on Communist Party politics When coupled with the blinding pain of a man whose incarceration shifts, splits and mutates through the physical, the intellectual, the emotionalwell, let s just say I thought the comparisons to Kafka and Dostoevsky were both accurate and deserved


  10. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This is most appropriately classified as an autobiographical novel The author, Arthur Koestler, became a member of the German Communist Party in 1931 In 1938, disillusioned by Stalin s Moscow show trials and indiscriminate purges of the so called counter revolutionaries, he left the Party In 1940 came his critique Darkness at Noon a novel sharply critical of Communism.Both the author and the central protagonist of the novel, Rubashov, begin with a strong belief in Communism Both become dis This is most appropriately classified as an autobiographical novel The author, Arthur Koestler, became a member of the German Communist Party in 1931 In 1938, disillusioned by Stalin s Moscow show trials and indiscriminate purges of the so called counter revolutionaries, he left the Party In 1940 came his critique Darkness at Noon a novel sharply critical of Communism.Both the author and the central protagonist of the novel, Rubashov, begin with a strong belief in Communism Both become disillusioned Thus, both the positive and the negative are illuminated, allowing one to see Communism s potential as well as its weaknesses Rubashov, brimming with the merits and ideals of Communism, has dedicated his life to the Party Now, he is imprisoned and psychologically tortured by the very same Party he had so fervently worked to establish I appreciate that the book is not filled with excruciating depiction of physical abuse The psychological torture, as depicted in the book, is adequate Sleep deprivation, blazing lights, extended interrogations, threats and mock killings Rubashov is confined to an isolation cell, but prisoners have a means of communicating by tapping Tension inexorably mounts in the book.The beginning is confusing The events spoken of are true, but in that they are described in generic terms, confusion arises The setting is 1938 Russia during the Great Purge, and yet Russia is never once mentioned Stalin is spoken of as Number One The Soviet government is spoken of as the Party Nazi Germany is spoken of as the Dictatorship As you come to understand how the story is told, the confusion clears.How does the story end It ends as it must end, as it should end The audiobook I listened to is narrated by Frank Muller At the beginning I disliked it immensely As I continued, I grew accustomed to his manner of speaking By the end it felt OK, but I never grew to like it I have thus given the audio performance two stars What I dislike, but which may not disturb others, is Muller s tendency to progressively speak faster and faster, to increase suspense and tension First, the speed increasesandandThen he concludes the sentence by drawing out the end interminably, with a long drawn out whisper This drove me nuts It isprominent at the beginning than at the end of the audiobook I do not like narrators to artificially exaggerate suspense


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