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Marvelous story read masterfully by the author!
The House of Broken Angels is a beautiful novel about a Mexican-American family and focuses on the relationship of two brothers as the older one prepares to die. Luis Urrea yet again creates a novel that feels like a transformative spiritual experience—no mean feat, and it has never been done better. Best yet, Urrea himself narrates this audio book, giving the words the inflections they were meant to possess, and in the intended accent—whether speaking English, Spanish or Spanglish. As an avid reader as well as a devourer of audio books, I could recommend this more highly.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
Excellent novel, subpar recording
The novel itself and the performance by the narrator are both excellent. The recording itself is inconsistent across sections of the book. Some sections sound perfectly fine, while others are suddenly and inexplicably distorted or lo-if.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Great story, great narrator - bad editing
If you can get past the fact the narrator is obviously Spanish reading a Mexican novel (which doesn't bother me), the recording quality is excellent and the speaker is very professional. HOWEVER - there are several instance when the narrator clears his threat, stops mid-sentence, and starts over. He repeats the lines, but these should have been edited. The worst is Chapter 8, in which there are easily a dozen major errors and stops, and entire sections repeated. Again, had this been edited, the final product would have been excellent - the speaker is great, and the recording tone is good - but it is hard to keep attention on the story when complete sections repeat and suddenly stop.