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Although this book had the potential to be captivating, gripping, intriguing, it was not; instead, I felt I had to slog through the entire story with no emotional connection with any of the characters and no shock or horror or curiosity - even when the "twist" at the end was revealed. I'm not sure who to blame for this. I suppose it could be the author that constructed a story too convoluted and dull to enjoy or, more likely, it was the translator who unwittingly stripped the passion that I suspect was in the original Spanish language version. This book was made into an Oscar-winning movie in 2010. Although I have not seen the movie, I suspect this may be one of those cases where the movie is better than the book.
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This was the best book I've read in years and I'm recommending it to everyone I know. The movie has been in our top ten list ever since it came out in 2010, but this was even better. The plot is maybe a little tighter in the movie, but the book is so richly layered and so profound--and so flawlessly written, despite its being a translation--that the sum total experience (aided by the best narrator I've ever heard) is without parallel in my experience as an Audible listener. I hope EVERYONE will listen to this amazing book.
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