Perhaps both narrator and quality of recording are coloring my view of this book. Perhaps I haven't read the original Borges. But this story was like a leaky balloon that just fizzled into flaccid rubber pile for me. Had such promise. What were they there to learn? Why were they all white? I don't need everything resolved, but aside for some moments I found the story empty overall. And not in any meaningful or provocative way that leaves a gaping hole that needs tending, ministering, or to be transformed. Maybe that's hell.
For me, the performance is a critical part of an audiobook. I found this one lifeless and wondered sometimes whether the reader read or rehearsed the text beforehand the way some sentences were delivered. Worse were the numerous mid-sentence dubs with clips so unmistakably different in sound quality they shot me right out of the story. It sounded like every 10 minutes they had to quit and use a different sound booth. At one point I thought I even heard the faint sound of people in the background. Lame.
Awesome book, authentic delivery (but of course). Looking forward to listening to all the rest.
Better voiceover talent would have made this a 4-5 star listening experience. Couldn't stand it anymore past the first few chapters.
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