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Addictive

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Reviewed: 23-05-2020

I loved this book, I found it utterly addictive and incredibly moving. It had a lot more depth than i expected. It felt very intimate and raw, like I was a fly on the wall and could see all of her innermost thoughts and demons. I could relate to a lot of her experiences and emotions being the same age, from the same area and it made me nostalgic and reflective in a surprising way.
If you are open minded about sex work & substance use I highly recommend this. It did not glamorous sex work or the party life style, it did not shy away from the realities of this life and the pain & trauma that is often interconnected but it did not demonise or impose any moral superiority either. A very rare, raw, nuanced look at her life on the fringes, delving into grief and loss, gender roles, rape and porn culture, addiction, mental health, sexuality and gender, taboos and fetishes and many other areas.
Regardless of the fascinating content- Rita is intelligent, insightful and full of heart so it's hard not to instantly feel connected to her journey.
The only criticism is that it jumps around a lot and is a bit disjointed which I didn't mind but I was confused at times and wanted more information about certain things.

Started off great then I lost interest.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-2020

I liked the first part of the book which focused on strangers and voilence, when it turned to crazed fans and assasinations and his contraversial contradictory thoughts on domestic violence It struggled to hold my interest at all.

Best book i have listened to in a while.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-10-2019

Such an inspirational and moving story. I was gripped the whole time and despite reading a lot of similar content and working in the field, I found this refreshing and unique. I loved it and feel sad it's finished.

Raw, deep and gripping.

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Reviewed: 07-09-2019

This is one of the best Audio books I have listened to. Hard to forget.

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Educational

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 24-08-2019

This was good but it was more educational and less story than I expected. The areas that had story were heartbreaking, gripping and very well told but there was lots of stats and information mixed in which wasn't really what I was wanting. Otherwise a powerful read.

Fascinating read

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Reviewed: 19-08-2019

I was not sure about this book as some fiction feels too unrealistic to me and i feel like i havnt really learnt anything. I like looking at different peoples stories and humanity from different lenses and i definitly felt like i got that from this book.
It took me a little while to get completly hooked but after that it was a gripping and fascinating look into the life of a different type of mother, a different type of woman, a different type of dysfunctional family that felt very plausible. Of course it was also an insight into the potential mindset of a person who commits a mass murder and the aftermath from a parents point of view.
The narration was outstanding and I would say it is one of the best Audio books (out of many) that I have listened to this year.

Even better than I expected!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-05-2019

After reading the reviews I thought this would be good but I wasn't completly sold on listening to hours of technological and medical jargon but this was so much better than I expected. It was enthralling and addictive and I loved gaining insight into silicon valley, tech start ups and medical tech, the U.S economics and societal structure. I felt like I learned a lot all while being wrapped up in that amazing feeling of the most absorbing book. One of my favourite books this year

Nt sure why but I didn't like this.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-2019

I finally pushed myself to get this as I love other classics like How to kill a mockingbird and A Catcher in the Rye but I just didn't get drawn into this or get the magic thst so many people speak of. it felt wordy and superficial to me.

I couldn't really get into this.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-2019

i think I would have preferred a longer story of someone's life and it could have talked about varying perspectives from different Indigenous Australians around them to get the insight into different experiences but I didn't really like this topic in such short story format as some stories seemed really surface level and didn't draw me in or give me the insight into the life of an Indigenous Australian that I wanted. I didn't read the whole thing so i can't review that but It wasn't really what I was hoping for.

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A bit too theoretical and wordy for me

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 28-12-2018

I was a little but disappointed in this as the reviews were amazing but i found it had too much theoretical musing on the way people respond to traumatic events and not enough of the stories and discussion with people who experienced the events. the stories were really interesting, the concept of the book is unique and interesting and if you wanted to learn about theories and psychology behind these reactions you will like it. i just found it a bit harder to listen to & was expecting more of the human stories.