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.
I struggled to listen to all of it. It was so horrible. I failed to see the point. It's a book about man's inhumanity to man, plain and simple. I have no idea why the reviews have been so overwhelmingly positive.
The language is fun, but Dominican history is hard to stomach. Still an enjoyable book.
I've had this book on my wish list for a long time, based on good reviews it has received. I wish I hadn't wasted the book point on it. The story was dull and rambling. The characters were uninteresting; I couldn't connect with any of them. And the narration was awful. I got the impression the narrators were as disengaged with the story as I was. I generally like fiction set against the backdrop of history and various cultures (Barbara Kingsolver's "Poisonwood Bible" is one of my favorites), but this book totally disappointed me.
I could not even finish this book, way too much spanish, and so demeaning to women and I guess men too, to see women just as a pair of "boobs" ... probably good book for 17 yr old "macho boys" ... life is so much more !!! than "boobs"
half the reading was in spanish or another similar language and didn't understand or get to enjoy that part of the book. one of the worst books we have ever purchased because of this problem.
In the entire time I've been an Audible listener (7 years), I've only ditched one other book. This is worse than that one was. It's so pointless I won't bother to say any more than DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME.