Is this normal?

When ripping DL ISO’s with DVD Decryptor, it displays a read speed of 5.2x to start, slowing crawls up to about 11.4x then once it hits 60% it slowly starts to drop off and by the time it’s done, its reading at about 4.2x.

Do you figure the reading from the second layer is slowing it down?

This is consistant for all of my DL rips.

yes that is normal when you read the first layer (inside to outside ) the laser switches
(outside to inside) all discs read fastest on the outside of the disc

yeah it happens all the time nothing to worry about. hopefully when it reads it like that it’ll grab the full movie and not make it like messed up or w/e