Perhaps it is because I am not of Latin or Hispanic descent, or perhaps I am the wrong age, but I had a very hard time with many aspects of this book. The tirades about religion went on too long while there was not enough character development of Ultima. She was much more interesting than Antonio but we really do not find out much about her. This surprised me since her name is in the title.
I did not enjoy the tales of teenage boys spitting and pissing and having epileptic fits and being cruel and unthinking toward each other. Perhaps I am too old to appreciate a "coming of age" book. I also thought the use of vernacular perpetuates the use of bad grammar and poor English. I do not think this sets a good example for young people.
The narrator did well and I found it to be easy listening; it was the story that I did not like.
I very much like the narrator Sam Dastor. I enjoy Salman Rushdie's sense of humor and use of language.
The name-dropping of all the famous people he knows and is at parties with seemed unnecessary and did not enhance the story.
I appreciated how Rushdie was able to see the humor in his situation although it was a very painful episode in his life.
I have listened to the Satanic Verses narrated by Sam Dastor. I found that book more enjoyable and more interesting and funnier.
I was particularly moved by Rushdie's devotion to his sons and to his writing.
I might have enjoyed this book more if I could have understood more of the words. The narrator mumbled and swallowed his words. Seemed like he was running out of breath at the end of a sentence so one could not hear what he was saying.
Difficult to enjoy the story the reading was so poor.
Joe Hurley sounds like he is either drunk or has taken too many downers. He is slurring his words and between this, his English (?) accent, and the fact that he also swallows his words, he is difficult to understand and difficult to listen to. At some points I found him so irritating that I wanted to skip forward hoping to get back to Johnny Depp who speaks well and is clear and pleasant to listen to.
I am finding the parts about the composition of the songs and the gitar playing very interesting.
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