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Moving personal story

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

Reviewed: 25-06-2020

This falls into the intersection of memoir and true crime, and it’s a more powerful story as it’s told by the victim and illustrates the ripple effects of violent crime that go beyond the media reporting of the event. Reading is strong too.

Compelling, curious, fresh

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

Reviewed: 24-08-2019

Lisa Taddeo has an interesting voice and her subject is fascinating. Three women's stories which delve into the sexual lives, and compromises made, on their journey to womanhood. There's something here that's resonant for every woman, I'm sure. Overall I was engaged and interested, but felt there was some imbalance in these women's stories. Maggie's is the strongest, with the most dramatic narrative arc. The Sloane and Lena stories are less directional, and at times feel meandering and lightweight next to the drama of the 'romance' and heartbreak of Maggie's story. But this is interesting terrain for sure, and makes you contemplate your own relationships and female experience in a new light. Great also to have real performers reading - especially Mena Suvari - but all three brought something to their performances. It's a good sign that Audible is producing high-quality stories of this genre and with consideration for a sophisticated female audience.

Dire narrator utterly ruins compelling story

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-2018

I’m not sure if the author has heard this version, but surely the producers at Audible thought the writing deserved better than this? Tonally flat, no emotion, or range - at times it was like hearing a shopping list being read out. I urge fans of the author go out and buy the book to enjoy the full weight and grace of her writing style.

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Total joy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-2018

For fans, there really is nothing to say really except David wrote another collection of stories and he’s reading them himself. For newcomers I’d say start with his book ‘Naked’ so you have some context for the family Sedaris. How rare and wonderful to know, with absolute certainty, that you will love a book, and more importantly the voice that is reading it will be perfect. And it is.

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Bad actor ruins Winton’s indelible prose

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-2018

I am sorry but if the voice actor has the effect on others - as happened to me - of making one dread listening to this story, then you really have to wonder if the Australian Audible team know what they’re doing. Winton’s tender story about Pikelet and Loony was flattened and dulled at every turn. The VO was like a dreadful experiment and brought back reminders of that other dreadful experiment: the free Vox Libre recordings. Audible - please don’t ruin great writer’s work with this kind of carelessness. My advice? Just read the book instead. You won’t be disappointed.

Uh just lovely

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-2018

Just finished this so I’m still in thrall... Lovely, romantic, sexy, luscious, heart breaking. Whatever flaws there were have left me. The reader’s voice is beautiful also. Highly recommended.

Ordinary madness

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

Reviewed: 21-09-2017

This is one of Highmith's less thrilling psychological thrillers, and it wasn't easy to spend all that time inside the mind of David Kelsey. I found myself urging him towards the finish line, at the end. But she is nonetheless an excellent observer of the dark side of the human condition. And the narrator was excellent.

Really worthwhile

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-2017

At first I was really put off by the voiceover guy and his parochial school teacher voice, but stick with it. Alain de Botton speaks so concisely and is really on the money with his observations and dissections that you'll be able to get past the first voice, and perhaps learn to like it! Recommend this for anyone looking for or working on love.

Loquacious but enjoyable story about family

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

Reviewed: 13-08-2017

There's a strong voice in the author's writing with flashes of poetic beauty, and authenticity. But it's stuffed to the gills with similes and adjectives, and would have benefited from some paring back at times. She writes best when trying to articulate her father, and the culture of the church. But there's much meandering into self examination and lofty air filled descriptions of not much. Definitely worthwhile hearing the author read her words however as her voice gives the tale a lot of richness. Award for best voice when quoting her father!

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Stunning and faultless reading of this classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-2016

I've read and loved this book before but Maggie G's exquisite, intuitive, sophisticated reading gave this powerful story new depths. I highly recommend this to fans of Tolstoy and searchers of the perfect narrator. You've found her. Look no further.

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