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The Sound of Things Falling | [Juan Gabriel Vasquez]

The Sound of Things Falling

In the city of Bogot, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medelln cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past.
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Publisher's Summary

Juan Gabriel Vsquez has been hailed not only as one of South America’s greatest literary stars, but also as one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. In this gorgeously wrought, award-winning novel, Vsquez confronts the history of his home country, Colombia.

In the city of Bogot, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medelln cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past. His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare.

Vsquez is “one of the most original new voices of Latin American literature” according to Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, and The Sound of Things Falling is his most personal, most contemporary novel to date, a masterpiece that takes his writing - and will take his literary star - even higher.

©2012 Juan Gabriel Vasquez (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    benjamin Fitzroy North, Australia 06-15-13
    benjamin Fitzroy North, Australia 06-15-13
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    "Good story, well told."

    This audiobook is easy to follow and also tells a good story using delicate language at times.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jody PIEDMONT, CA, United States 12-10-13
    Jody PIEDMONT, CA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Shockingly bad narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The worst narration, hands down, of any that I've heard. I've never written a review, and generally enjoy my Audible listens. But the narration of this book was so distracting that I can't tell you if I hated the book or only the narrator. Given that the fictional narrator is supposedly a Bogateno, you might expect that the reader would pronounce at least the place names with a Latino accent, but no... Medellin, rather than Med-ay-EEN, remains the unrepentently Anglicized MED-eh-linn. Since the Medellin cartel is central to the story, this pronunciation grated time after time. I'm not generally a stickler, but I found myself so irritated by the narrator that I began to notice his frequent stumbles. Literacy becomes "literercy," excrement is astonishingly, "excretement," and I never knew whether the last name of one of the characters was Barbieri or Barbereri since he gave them equal time. He read about "floodened" houses. I was floordened.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denis A. 11-20-13
    Denis A. 11-20-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Narrator sounds robotic"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the narrator sounded less like a robot and more human, even his words ran together.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Awesome


    What didn’t you like about Mike Vendetti’s performance?

    Monotonous dull performance by the narrator made it distracting to read along with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The plot is great and lots of historical information on Pablo Escobar


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie St. Paul, MN, United States 10-27-13
    Debbie St. Paul, MN, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2002
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    "The narrator is horrible"
    Would you try another book from Juan Gabriel Vasquez and/or Mike Vendetti?

    I would read another book by this author but NOT with this narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator read this book in a monotone voice. He did not differentiate between male an female voices. There was no emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    I am visually impaired so read all of my books in audio. I thought this narrator was so bad that I would have preferred listening to the book in synthesized speech!

    It's a marvelous book with a fascinating story. It was also very well written. The narrator ruined it for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 09-29-13
    Lori 09-29-13
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    "couldn't get past the narration"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was like a robot...no inflection. I hated it. I'm not sure what the story was about. I quit very quickly.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CHRISTOPHER CHICAGO, IL, United States 01-22-14
    CHRISTOPHER CHICAGO, IL, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "narrator in a terrible rush"
    What would have made The Sound of Things Falling better?

    the narration was way too distracting; i had to return it after listening for 15 minutes


    What was most disappointing about Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s story?

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    What didn’t you like about Mike Vendetti’s performance?

    so, this narrator was in a hurry or something. he often didn't bother to enunciate; the words just flowed together in a jumble. the narrators idea of performing it was an upward lilt or downward lilt at the end of most sentences. just not happy; returned it


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sound of Things Falling?

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    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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