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What did you love best about El Narco?
Interesting, engaging and well-documented history of Mexican narco-trafficking.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I tried hard to overlook the narration, but it was so distracting that I have to say it ruined the experience, and I gave up. The narrator read a journalistic, non-fiction work as if it were a novel, with a breathless, dramatic voice entirely inappropriate to the genre. To make matters worse, he pronounces many of the Mexican place names and words with a Castillian accent (pronouncing "c" as "th"), then, inexplicably, completely mispronounces some of the most important Mexican Spanish words, even by Castillian standards ("Gualalupe" as "gwadaloop"). I hope this book is recorded by a different narrator so I can try it again.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about El Narco?
Bad, bad narrator. He reads as if this were poetry, not a serious work of nonfiction. And he's an *annoying* poet, relishing each sentence as if it were a work of art, and pausing dramatically between them so all the beauty has time to sink in.
I don't think I'm going to be able to finish the book. I'm not sure I'll even manage to finish the first chapter.
Would you recommend El Narco to your friends? Why or why not?
No. The narrator ruins it.
Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Thornley’s performances?
I would sooner kill myself.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Arghhhh - I was really looking forward to this coming out on audiobook but alas my expectations were crushed by the appalling narration. Why on earth must the narrator put ludicrous pauses at the end of almost ever sentence. It's incredibly annoying and frankly after about 15 minutes of listening to him I had had more than enough. If there was a way to return a download I surely would. Also - the narrator also like to insert strangely unnatural volume accents on the wrong words. If I were the author I would have vetoed this reading before it went out.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
felt like a study rather then an interesting exciting read/listen.
but still had it's moments