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Review for audio
on April 12, 2013
I'm in a bit of a pickle here, since there isn't really a way to separate a review for the content of the book from a review of the audio.
But I do want to caution people to try and hear a sample of the audio if they can, to be sure they're okay with the reading style.
It really sucks to feel like I'm criticizing the person who's reading this, because he's probably a great guy, etc. But, personally, I found his voice really distracting. He reading style has a strange, clipped quality, sort of "grand" sounding, with a peculiar theatrical emphasis and a curious accent that again, I personally, found extremely distracting.
(I think he's putting too much emphasis on creating "characters." He makes Don Miguel Ruiz Sr. sound like some sort of noble patriarch, the grandmother sound like a hissing gypsy, and Jr. sound like a sulking brat. As if this is a novel, not a spiritual book.)
I guess the voice I'd always heard in my "head," based on reading the books, was very simple, humble and straightforward. Whereas this reading, to me, couldn't be any more contrapuntal to the contents of the book, which is why I probably found it so distracting.
Anyway, that's just my two cents. I'm going to just go ahead and buy the book now. Sort of a pity, and I hope it's just a subjective thing and others don't find the voice distracting, as I did.
And I hope some find this review helpful.