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Perhaps better read than listened to

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

Reviewed: 02-09-2020

There were tidbits of this book that I really loved but I found the reader difficult to follow and I often found myself confused as to which of the the three characters were speaking.

A disappointment as an audiobook but perhaps easier and more engaging as a book.

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An easy and touching read/listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-2020

This is the first book that I've read that's co-authored by Greta whose fight and resilience I admire, and I found it to be a good introduction into the family, their journey and the causes they champion.

A wealthy white woman's self help book

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-2020

Glennon touches on some really important and complex themes that I wholly appreciate - gender roles, misogyny, privilege, religion, queer identity. But all of these themes were touched on only very lightly and the difficulties attached to them were quickly addressed with a repetitive and superficial attitude of self affirmation and inner strength.

Sarah Neilson in the Seattlr Times wrote that it "reads like a self help book for wealthy, white women". And I tend to agree.

Still, the stars are in appreciation of her honesty on why the notion of relaxing was annoying to her and her writing on the dichotomy of religion and in being in a same sex relationship (which admittedly I have not read so much about but was happy to have had an introduction through Untamed).

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Great hopes that lead to disappointment

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

Reviewed: 01-05-2020

I haven't yet read any of Ta-Nehesi Coates' other works but I have heard great things about them and so I was quite excited to read The Water Dancer, especially considering the very difficult and very real themes of slavery and the American South.

However, this book just did not resonate with me. I wanted to love it. I wanted to connect with it. But the characters were not very well developed and the story itself was not very well crafted. It meandered, was not rooted to anything, and only hit at the themes at a superficial level.

It's not with ease that I give such little stars, but I was wholly disappointed in this read/listen.

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