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Undeniably outstanding.

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Reviewed: 19-07-2020

The fact that Mary Trump narrated the audio book herself is a stroke of genius. I felt every emotion, heard every exasperated sigh. What an awful, cold, empty thing it is to grow up Trump, and what an amazing achievement to grow up in that environment and still somehow learn to see everything around you for what it really is, rather that a convenient version that denies reality. Ivanka, Don Jr, Eric, and perhaps even Tiffany and Barron (although I suspect that Tiffany may be somewhat spared by virtue of who her mother is), may indeed be money rich. After completing this book, however, it is crystal clear that in every other respect they live a comparatively poorer life than most. Now I can see why 14 year old Barron always looks so miserable. He is miserable. I finally understand why Ivanka cakes herself in so many layers of makeup. It's fear and possibly even loathing of what lies beneath those layers. And as it happens Mary will become a millionaire thanks to the sales of this book. I for one am happy to be a contributor to her new found fortune. Money well spent. Well done Mary. The bravest of all the Trumps. Congratulations.

Loved it!

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Reviewed: 07-06-2020

I particularly loved Evie, and how sh ed held her ground. Great story. Nicely narrated.

Loved it.

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Reviewed: 19-05-2020

Right up my alley, a great book with great narration. If you like looking inside, this is a lovely book to pass the time with.

Like waiting for Donald Trump to finally shut up.

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Reviewed: 27-04-2020

My new mantra is "don't rely on best seller claims". I'm 6 chapters in and so far there's been a long winded instruction on gardening and another on how to dress a wound, and not much else. I picked the book based on the summary and claim of reader popularity. I was expecting something clever but instead found a lot (an awful lot) of words that presume to be clever, about a woman whose husband's only interest is sex, and who appears to divide people Iinto 2 categories: overweight or not. I'm at the end of my tether as I obey the Stay-at-home orders and persevere with this book. Or will I? So far I've had about as much enjoyment as I get listening to President Trump drone on about nothing each day in his "Corona taskforce briefing". Oh man, I should have taken the blue pill. Update: I'm on Chapter 13 and FINALLY something appears to have happened. Hurrah! update again. I'm now on Chapter 15 and can't go on. This book is awful, nonstop drivel. I'd rather visit the dentist. At least I tried.

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Alright.

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Reviewed: 19-01-2020

It was a rather superficial discussion that was free to listen to. I learnt nothing but equally it cost me nothing.

1st self help book to hold my attention to the end

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Reviewed: 09-10-2019

Loved it which really says something. Usually, if you tell me it's a self help or personal development book I'm immediately not interested.

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Lukewarm

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Reviewed: 07-10-2019

Okay, it arrived in my inbox as a freebie through Audible. The synopsis sounded worthy of a listen. My first thoughts were that the narrator seemed to be reading the book, rather than acting the part. As I continued listening I then decided the style of narration was relevant to the main character's detachment symptoms. And so I continued listening. I'm afraid I only got half way before I gave up. Yes the main character is detached and analytical in the story so it's reasonable that the narration represent this. But it's also fair to say I felt detached from the story, indifferent to the characters and I found my self not really caring how it ended. When I began recognising this I stopped listening.

The story teller saved this book in my view

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Reviewed: 12-09-2019

The story itself seemed to drag on endlessly, taking 2 thirds of its pages to even explain its oint. The narrative was dark and moody however, just enough to keep my interest and intrigue alive. Once I'd passed the lengthy suspenseful bulk of the story I felt invested enough to continue. I'm not convinced that I'd have travelled so far if I'd been reading instead of listening. I particularly found myself listening out for the charming subtleties of voice change between characters, which might have been my favourite part.

A bit cutesy for me but well done

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Reviewed: 30-07-2019

I tend to find Marian Keynes books a little predictable but this one really surprised me. Good story, great delivery, just not really my genre.

wasn't sure till BANG I got hooked!

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Reviewed: 30-06-2019

An interesting plot line that gets better as it goes along. I though the style was a little flowery at first, but as the story progressed this faded into beauty and vibrancy.