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Text to Speech Program Not Very Good

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

Reviewed: 26-10-2018

The audio performance is unbearably bad. The same monotone delivery on every sentence with this weird inflection at the end regardless of tone. The specific let down is that the authors have quite a cheeky tone with their writing which the narrator just totally butchers. Jokes, sarcasm and irony land like dropped porridge. It's quite painful to experience. It's a shame because the content itself is fine. A well delivered thesis with some genuinely interesting case studies. It's got the typical self promotion feel to it but they at least bring a unique flavour to their advice. Sadly I can't recommend due to the performance alone. Just imagine Siri reading you a book and you will understand.

Solid Sedaris. Hilarious late middle age memoir.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-2018

Excellent as expected. I prefer Sedaris's memoirs on Audio because his narration adds so much more intimacy and performance to it. Covering his late middle age issues Calypso isn't my favourite but is none the less very memorable and full of chuckles. There are plenty of heavy topics in this serving. The suicide of his sister, his deteriorating father, his own failing health. Covered with the right mix of pathos and perspective they are still light enough for a laugh. There are also many highlights on lighter topics such as an international survey of road rage slurs, unexpected bowel movements and David's determined mission to feed a snapping turtle a pound of his own flesh... For whatever reason. I laughed out loud numerous times at the gym while listening to these chapters. You simply cannot go wrong with Sedaris. While not his most jovial or insightful, it is a new, more mature (sometimes), era of his writing.

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Great resource - Wrong format

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

Reviewed: 12-09-2018

The book is a great source of inspiration for anyone looking to kickstart their creativity. Each chapter is really concise, built on interesting case studies and quotes. The shame however is that this book doesn't suit the audio book format as well as it does as a physical book. The way the chapters are constructed the book is meant to be read almost at random, jumping between chapters etc. Despite that the performance is suitable and engaging and the content is definitely fuel for creative minds.

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