I admit I only managed to get an hour into this book, but all the eye rolling was making my forehead tired. I can't quite put my finger on what the trouble was, but it felt forced. All of the vulgarity, the slang, even the Spanish phrases inserted for atmosphere gave me the impression of an author trying really hard to be cool, and just coming across as a bore.
The historical bits are interesting, but the plot is awful.
Foul mouthed pointless angst
Good characterizations but reading would have been faster. I kept thinking I must get better with so many good reviews.
All the male characters.
Brilliant vivid writing. An almost pathological fixation on sex. The most interesting parts of the story were descriptions of the Dominican dictator, Trujillo. Some disgustingly graphic descriptions of torture. Wanted to stop listening on several occasions but was compelled to continue to find out what happened.
Belli her life's story is truly heartbreaking.
No!!! The author created a multi generational saga that was compelling seemed plausible and beyond depressing.
If it wasn't for the constant vulgar language that kept rudely interrupting my meandering thoughts I could have listened to this entire book without ever actually paying attention to what was going on in the story. Pretty much all the characters have these traumatic horrific experiences and then the book just ends. The author (who is a jerk) tried to wrap everything up in the end with a few lines from Watchmen that were not thought provoking or enlightening at all. I actually threw my ipod down and said aloud "are you freaking kidding me? That's how this ends?" I mean it didn't even really end, it just trailed off. Oh and to make matters worse I don't speak any spanish at all, this book is obviously not meant for a gringa like me,
At some points the book was confusing and sentences never-ending. But this story was amazing and weaved together things I never imagined could be mixed. Most of all this story was real, I found myself relating to it immensely. It was violent and unabashed but excellent. I wish I knew Spanish, it would have made it much better.
I missed much of this book because I don't speak Spanish. I want my money back! What I got was not very enjoyable because it was so scattered I couldn't follow the characters or the plot.
This was a horrible audible, and not much of a story at all, but after you have invested time, hard not to listen. Maybe the author could have used the "N" word less or not at all....
For one, I don't speak Spanish, so I didn't understand a lot of what was said. And again the use of the "N" word was a huge turn off,
The story just isn't that good, so even a good aurator can't save this...
None, escept that I managed to finish it.
I was never so happy to finish an audio book.
The story is the best part. Very talented author. The male performance (Johnathan Davis) is poorly selected for the material, and a hispanic male reader would have been a more appropriate choice. The female performance was more fitting to the source material.
No. I didn't like the narrator. He did well at switching between accents and voices but his narrator voice was too much like a radio announcers.
The reading I heard of the Wonderland chapter on Selected Shorts blew the reading of it in the book WAY OUT of the water!
I wonder how much I would have liked the book if I had read and not listened to it. The narrator was a terrible match, sounding stiff and unnatural with the (English) street slang that pervades the book. He basically ruined it for me, making the listening experience a real grind. I suppose the narrator was chosen for his Spanish, which he did seem at ease with.