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I really enjoyed this book -- the plot, the characters, the locale, the whole thing....BUT....Ms Andrea Bates needs to learn the pronunciation of the few Spanish words in the text correctly (unless of course, Spanish in NEW Mexico is pronounced differently than it is in "OLD" Mexico)
.As a writer and editor details are extremely important to me and as a US citizen living in central Mexico, near Guadalajara for 26 years, my Spanish pronounciation is good, even though my grammar is flawed.
Ms Bates just misses on a couple of words, but each is used multiple times and they grated, and made the back of my neck stiff.
First -- Brujas (witches, curanderas) is said bru-haas NOT Bru jaws as in the tape.
The second is Quinceareas, the celebration of the 15th birthday, and that number is the more commonly used slang for the event -- a girl has her "Quincea~nos" of just Quince. Actually that is the part of the word causing the problem -- Quince (15) in Spanish is not pronounced like the fruit, the quince. Any time there is a qui in a Spanish word, it is pronounced "key" So it could phonically be written keencee or the full Quincea~nos (with the tilde over the n) is pronounced Keencee anYos
I know, it's picky....but the first couple times she said Bru-jaws I didn't know what she was talking about.
Thanks for an enjoyable listen and if I could I'd give the performance 3.5, in spite of these words and the 3 or 4 times she had lost her place or fumbled on a word.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This audio is great ,you can shut your eyes and be there. Thank you for this book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I really couldn't get into this story. There's nothing really wrong with this book, it's just dull. Really, really dull. Nothing really seems to happen. The narrator is okay, but I don't think I'll bother with the rest of the series.