Sadly, this book is devoid of the charm that made Tales of the City so engaging and endearing. As a result, I didn't really care about Michael any more, which makes me sad.
While it had a clever premise, I found this book to be way too short to make it anything but totally unsatisfying. There was no tension, results were predictable and everything about the story just felt incomplete. At the end, the only feeling I was left with was 'that was it?" At best, it's a short story that someone tried to package as a book; Im not a big fan of short stories.
I thorougly enjoyed this audio book! The story crossed and re-crossed several generations about life and the long-term consequences of living under the hand of a sadistic tyrant.
And while it ultimately is the story about a sad-sack loser growing up in Paterson NJ (and the Dominican Republic), you still root for him, while all the time knowing in your heart that it is never really ever going to work out in the end.
The language was colorful and captivating, and the story kept me engrossed from the first minute til the last. Despite heavy use of Spanish/Spanglish throughout the book (that I didn't understand) the narration was exceptional, so translation was not even necessary.
I read other reviewers who gave up on this book up after 30 hours; I don't know how they got that far, let alone finished it. The snail's pace of the narrator was excrutiating, and the repetitive minutiae drove me insane. I pulled the plug after 2 hours.
I have listened to 2 chapters of this book so far and HATE it, and what makes it worse is the narrator!!!! She's almost making me wish I was deaf. That, on top of the sophomoric story, makes this a minus 5. How do I get a refund??? A total waste of a credit.
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