The Distance Between Us

A Memoir
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (579 ratings)

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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. The three siblings are forced to look out for themselves; in childish games they find a way to forget the pain of abandonment and learn to solve very adult problems.

When their mother at last returns, the reunion sets the stage for a dramatic new chapter in Reyna’s young life: her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father.

In this extraordinary memoir, award-winning writer Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years, capturing all the confusion and contradictions of childhood, especially one spent torn between two parents and two countries. Elated when she feels the glow of her father’s love and approval, Reyna knows that at any moment he might turn angry or violent. Only in books and music and her rich imaginary life does she find solace, a momentary refuge from a world in which every place feels like "El Otro Lado".

©2013 Reyna Grande (P)2013 AudioGO
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Great story - Culturally INCOMPETENT Reading

What would have made The Distance Between Us better?

I think this is a dynamic and well-written book, but I made the mistake of buying on Audible instead of reading the book myself. Big mistake. The reader has a hideous sing-songy disturbingly fake Mexican accent and mispronounces so many words in Spanish throughout the reading from beginning to end, that I would actually like my money back.

What could Reyna Grande have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It's not the author but AUDIBLE, whose standards for English/Spanish readers is pathetic and embarrassing. Get competent reader forgodsakes!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya Eby?

ANYONE who can read well and pronounce Spanish (Mexican Spanish, please!) competently without using some stereotyped Mexican accent. I think it was unethical and unprofessional of the reader to accept this assignment, and speaks loads about Audible's lack of attention to it's growing English/Spanish bilingual readership. Get a clue, Audible!

Any additional comments?

Disappointed in Audible

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Loved the Story...the narration...not so much

What did you love best about The Distance Between Us?

I loved the story. It captivated me from beginning to end. I couldn't wait to get in my car and see what the Grandes were up to.

What did you like best about this story?

I very much enjoyed how Reyna Grande allowed me to be there at every important moment, seeing what she saw, feeling what she felt, even during the darkest moments.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tanya Eby’s performances?

It really depends. I think she did a fine job, except when she tried to say the Spanish words. I literally cringed every time she tried to say something in Spanish. She even messed up Sandra Cisneros name. It would have been much more enjoyable if the person narrating it would have been able to pronounce the Spanish words correctly. I almost quit listening to it...had the storyline not been good...I would have.

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The audio is awful

This is an astoundingly beautiful book destroyed by the fact that the narrator can’t pronounce the Spanish names and dialogue. It does this wonderful story a massive disservice.

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A beautiful story, but narration by Siri

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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Disgraceful performance

The story is amazing and very powerful, but the narrator is completely unable to speak Spanish, which is a shame because she is not a bad one in English. It’s not only a matter of a thick accent, but she changes letters and completely mangles the language. It is absolutely disrespectful that she cannot even pronounce the National Anthem or the saints. Audible should discontinue this version and record it again with someone else. An complete disgrace!

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Wonderful story, but I didn't love the narrator.

The story is fabulous, but I think someone with a better grasp of the Spanish language and pronunciation would have been a better choice for the narrator.

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Buy The Book

Since having purchased books on Audible the thought of checking out performance reviews never occurred to me. That mistake will never happen again. This is really is such a heartfelt inspiring story. Unfortunately the narration was painful (yes painful) to listen to. So painful that I went out and purchased the book.

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Great book but I didn't enjoy the narration

I found the story to be powerful and moving. It is a true master piece of migration to the U.S. for a better life and what one must sacrifice to achieve the American dream. However, I found it hard to listen to. The narrator didn't pronounce Spanish words correctly and being of Latin decent myself, I cringed when words weren't pronounced correctly.

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Great book just terribly narrated

I absolutely loved and enjoyed this book!! However I was very disappointed with the narrator! She didn’t pronounce the words in Spanish correctly and it was painful to hear. Otherwise one of my favorite books ever!! Can’t wait to book 2!

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Great book not so great narrator

This book is a must read if you at all interested in understanding what coming in to the U.S actually looks like for the real live humen beings that make the journey and the ones they leave behind. It was written with great deatail and honesty. the only reason it was not given 5 stars was because of the narrator. Dose Audible really expect me to believe they couldn't find one narrator that could actually speak decent Spanish? It vastly hindered experience of the book for me. At times I was left wondering if the narrator was even a real person. Sometimes her voice sounds a bit automated wich is even worse for me. This book deserves the justice of a wonderful narrator.

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