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Robert

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  • El Narco: The Bloody Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ioan Grillo
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The world has watched stunned at the bloodshed in Mexico. Thirty thousand murdered since 2006; police chiefs shot within hours of taking office; mass graves comparable to those of civil wars; car bombs shattering storefronts; headless corpses heaped in town squares. The United States throws Black Hawk helicopters and drug agents at the problem. But in secret, Washington is confused and divided about what to do. "Who are these mysterious figures tearing Mexico apart?" they wonder.

    Kathy says: "A NOBY Nominee"
    "Great book ruined by bad narration"
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    What did you love best about El Narco?

    Interesting, engaging and well-documented history of Mexican narco-trafficking.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I tried hard to overlook the narration, but it was so distracting that I have to say it ruined the experience, and I gave up. The narrator read a journalistic, non-fiction work as if it were a novel, with a breathless, dramatic voice entirely inappropriate to the genre. To make matters worse, he pronounces many of the Mexican place names and words with a Castillian accent (pronouncing "c" as "th"), then, inexplicably, completely mispronounces some of the most important Mexican Spanish words, even by Castillian standards ("Gualalupe" as "gwadaloop"). I hope this book is recorded by a different narrator so I can try it again.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (91)

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by dispatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World, and the attention of two privateers soon becomes menacing. The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is tense, and unexpected in its culmination. Meanwhile in Paris, Diana Villiers anxiously awaits Maturin's safe return.

    A User says: "Great Book Good Narrator"
    "Not Tull"
    Overall

    The narrator of this volume is competent, but is not Patrick Tull, whose narrations make this series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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