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How did the narrator detract from the book?
This book on tape sounded as if it was being read to me by Siri. I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't actually read by a human at all. The inflections were all wrong and the timing and rhythm of her voice sounded strange to the degree that it was difficult to pay attention to what she was saying.
Any additional comments?
Great book. Terrible narrator.
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What did you like best about this story?
The book is insightful, occasionally well written, and original.
What didn’t you like about Ruth Oakes’s performance?
The narration is uncomfortable and distracts from Achy Obejas' novel. A good narrator will disappear into the story; a great narrator will bring life and feeling to the text. Not so with Ruth Oakes. I literally missed moments of this novel, because I was so distracted by the narrator's errors and strange intonation. Other reviewers have already pointed out that the narrator's halting pace and sing-song voice. But nobody has noticed the OTHER problem with this narrator: She can't pronounce Spanish. Why hire a narrator who can't pronounce any of the characters' names or half their dialogue? And given the mispronunciations, it's cringe-inducing to listen to her fake a Cuban-American accent.