Probably not. The book engaged me at first, but it went on way too long (and I have listened to many long books--just don't like it if, in the end, they aren't worth it). The reader was inconsistent in his accent and pronunciations--felt affected.
A disappointing end to a book that started out strong. I wanted to love this one, and did not end up doing so. I did finish it, however--can't say that for every single book.
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
I listened to the first two parts of this three part audio novel and it goes nowhere. I really mean that. The characters stay in the same settings and do nothing at all for the first 10 hours of this book. I like long complex novels that a listener can become truly involved with but this book is not complex, it's just repetitive. By far, the worst part is the piano music. It is even more repetitive than the narration and completely breaks the atmosphere and atmosphere is all this moribund novel has going for it.
This is the worst audiobook I've ever listened to and anyone who was looking for an example to show how listening to a book distorts the message in comparison with reading a book, it is this production. Looking back now, the only reason I finished it was to be able to talk about it with those who so highly recommended it. I now know that that is not a good reason to finish an F-Grade work.
Jonathan Davis has a huge range of voices and a great command of the language so I can only place the blame on the producer of this, the worst audiobook ever. For some reason, the producer choose to have the narrator be a naive child and this completely distorts the original message and meaning of the reading of the book.
I will wait maybe 5 years and then come back to this book so as to read it in print and without the prejudices imposed by the producer.
I am an avid "reader" of Audible books; thus I have come to have preferences about production styles. This narrator is ok, but tends to be overly affected in the voice of the "evil" characters. It feels in places as though the production were aimed at a very young (or at least undiscerning) audience. The real detracter here is the use of terribly cheesy music to emphasis sentimental or crucial parts of the story. I wish I had read this book in text.
I admired what the author seemed to be trying to do...create a highly dramatic, riveting work by
cleverly paralleling two generations plunging toward
the same doom. Unfortunately, the author either did
not have the skill to pull it off or something was
lost in the translation, literally.
The narrator's overly melodramatic presentation didn't help. But I did finish it, which counts
After all the glowing reviews, I was prepared to be moved, captivated, engrossed. But I guess I'm out of step with all the other reviewers, and just don't get it. The characters are rendered by the author as fixed and static. Character development by caricature is stultifying.
For once, I'm disappointed by the narrator - the lethargy in the voice, the blandness of English accent and this is a Spanish novel...just didn't work for me either.
This book may be an okay read but between the heavy accent, the long Spanish names, the complicated story (going nowhere...) and, last but not least, the horrible piano music playing in the background, it has been a maddening experience. I read many good reviews prior to downloading and was sorely disappointed. Surely the reviews must have been from people who had read the book not listened. I think "Audible" has an obligation to note that the book has music in the background because had I known that, I would not have purchased it. Overall, this book takes too many words to tell what should be a short story.
Addicted to Audible!
I purchased this book based on the wonderful reviews posted. I have never been so bored in my life and couldnt get through more than the first few hours.