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I haven't been drawn into a book this deeply in a long time, perhaps since The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Though it has a few weaknesses (could have left the romance-novel-type stuff out), it is truly a powerful story wrapped around recent history. Bad stuff happens and dire deeds are done, even by the good guys. The only real complaint I have is that not having a book to page back through, I sometimes forgot who a particular character was or how he connected. Initial chapters are focused on only one of the main characters. The narration is stunning - I can't believe one guy did all those totally complete and separate voices. I immediately recognized each character by their voice. Wonderful job and I hope to hear more from him.
This book has extremely graphic sadistic violence in it, but that's reality.
Five star read.
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There are a lot of very good narrators and readers in the world of audible books, but there are far fewer really accomplished voice actors. In that rather small company, Ray Porter stands out as among the very best of the best. He peoples this book with a full cast of very distinct characters, each with his/her own speech pattern and vocal timbre. In addition, his facility with dialect is extraordinary. Doing a single Italian or Mexican or Irish voice convincingly is difficult. Creating a range of Italians, Irish or Mexicans, each distinct, consistent and steeped in the life of the character is nearly impossible. Porter does it and makes it sound effortless. I have spent a lifetime as an actor/director/theatre teacher and I have never heard it done better.
Happily, as many reviewers have made clear, Porter is given a rich and varied set of characters to work with. Together the author and the actor provide us with a five star experience, and along the way they school us in the history and nature of the greed/power wars north and south of the border. Highly recommended!
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