I have been listening to a bit of Ruth read on Mechon-Mamre.org. I have heard how venerable these readings are, but I hear them as formal, accurate - but loud and with rough angular edges. I would not expect a story teller to read so. There is no modulation or feeling in the voice for my ear. I am very appreciative of the accuracy but lament that the story sounds wooden. Of course - modulation would imply motive and perhaps motive is not to be revealed.