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Alberto Salazar, though born in Cuba, was raised in the Northeast in America and has the accent of an average American from that area. This story is told from Mr. Salazar's perspective. Does his inner voice have this much trouble with his native language?
Danny Pardo (the narrator) has, at best, a weak grasp of the English language. His reading sounds more like the hopeless fumbling of words spoken without any understanding of their meaning. Like someone in a high school language class reciting a dialog for the first time, complete with incorrect emphasis on most words and often totally ignoring punctuation. This so monumentally distracting, it is impossible to judge this book on any other merits.
Maybe it's a well written book with a great story about an interesting guy, who knows.
Purchase at your own risk.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Alberto Salazar's story is unique and compelling, even if he won't go down as one of the greatest writers in history. But the narrator of this book really ruined it for me. He was clearly a non-native speaker of English, and his reading was robotic. Also, his emphasis of the wrong parts of sentences and mispronunciation of words interfered with my enjoying of the story. I could understand a narrator with an accent if Salazar spoke with an accent, but he grew up in Connecticut and Massachusetts, not Cuba. If you're a fan of elite running, I would recommend the book, but not this reading of it.
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