Rocklin, CA, United States | Member Since 2004
It's true, any book by Thomas Perry will be terrific -- interesting characters, full of fascinating tidbits about how to disappear ( who among us hasn't thought of that, at least once?) and hard to put down plot lines that keep you listening or reading. This book is no different -- maybe a little more complicated in plot than some, with everyone trying to kill everyone else. But a great book -- I've listened to it twice and probably will again some day.
So what's the downside? It's not a biggie, but this narrator drives me nuts. Here's a shout-out to all narrators out there: when you come across a Spanish-looking place name in California ("Ventura" "Sepulveda" "San Rafael", etc etc) they are NOT locally pronounced as they would be in Spanish. San Rafael is just plain San Ra-Fel -- not the proper Spanish, San Ra-fa-eyl. It's NOT 'Sep ul VEY da' as it would be in Spanish, but just the simple Sa PUL va da.
What was really funny, though, was that as the narrator gave perfect (and totally wrong) pronounciations to the names of places in California, he pronouned the name of a Spanish tree -- jacaranca -- as its written in English, with a hard "J". Whereas that's one thing that DOES have the Spanish pronounciation.
Honestly, there outta be a book for narrators on how to pronounce local names, in California or wherever they are. Nothing is more distracting that hearing some reader really massacre the pronounciation of names of places and streets we know so well.
Is that asking too much? Maybe. I suppose. Still, it's really off-putting.
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