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  • The Distance Between Us

  • A Memoir
  • By: Reyna Grande
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

When Reyna Grande’s father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) with enough money to build them a dream house where they can all live together. His promises become harder to believe as months turn into years. When he summons his wife to join him, Reyna and her siblings are deposited in the already overburdened household of their stern, unsmiling grandmother.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - Culturally INCOMPETENT Reading

  • By Amazon on 12-22-15

A beautiful story, but narration by Siri

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Would you try another book from Reyna Grande and/or Tanya Eby?

Reyna Grande is an incredible talent, but the narration is completely incompatible with the story style. The narrator is flat and with no Spanish-language pronunciation. It honestly sounds as if you are hearing this story through your car's GPS system.

How could the performance have been better?

Another narrator should have been selected.

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

The book is not the problem. The narration makes it very difficult to listen and become absorbed in this wonderful immigration story.

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