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Nothing to be Gained (No Pun Intended)

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-2016

Would you try another book written by J. D. Roth or narrated by J. D. Roth?

No.

What didn’t you like about J. D. Roth’s performance?

He speaks with a flavour of distinctly macho American enthusiasm which is not in and of itself a bad thing, it's just that the content didn't resonate with me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment - I can't help but feel there was nothing to be gained from this listening experience. I didn't get anything out of it.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for insight into weight-loss I would recommend books that are first-hand accounts from people that have lived the experience. This book is more secondary observations and opinions.

Robotic Narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-2016

Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

No, in fact, I will actively avoid books that she has narrated. I found her voice to be frustratingly robotic and devoid of expression. The book is full of jokes that are delivered in a flat monotone. In my opinion, there was a distinct disconnect between Teri Clark Linden and the story she was telling. It felt like listening to Schizoid story time.

Didn't Resonate

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-2016

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I purchased this book having heard a lot of good things and had high hopes. I also thought it might be interesting to hear a male perspective on anxiety and depression. I listened to it in its entirety and while there were some great quotes, Matt Haig's experience and narrative just didn't resonate with me.

The overall theme seemed to be that if you wait mental illness out, it will pass. And come back. And pass again. And come back again, etc. I'm disappointed - I feel I didn't learn anything and have nothing to take away from this book despite the authors honesty.

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