Maybe Kushner; definitely not Traister.
This book will attract those who have some connection to (and/or knowledge about) Italy and Italian culture. Those listeners will be driven bananas by the reader's bad, fake Italian accent, and her egregious mispronunciations of Italian words. A few pointers for her: "Gianni" is a 2-syllable word, not 3 (the 'i' is not pronounced; it just makes the "G" soft). The two zzs in "ragazza" make the same sound as the 2 zzs in "pizza." The accent at the end of words like "Cinecittà" is telling you where to put the stress. Etc. etc. The poor pronunciation seriously detracts from the authorial voice we like to imagine we are hearing; and by extension, it undermines our faith in the author's expertise. Please, Audible: there must be readers out there with pleasant voices, clear diction, AND elementary knowledge of foreign languages. Hire one of them next time.
Powerful, moving, difficult book. Totally engrossing story and characters. And the reader is simply a genius.
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