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compelling content but I often got lost

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Reviewed: 15-09-2020

I often listen to things at 2x and can get the gist. However, I had to listen to this at 0.5x otherwise I got lost. I wonder if it was because of the narrator or just the complexity of the material. On the material, I found it highly compelling and a great counter to some of the racist hypotheses of why Europe came to dominate a lot of the globe.

character driven slow burn, excellent narration

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-2020

it took a few chapters to grow on me. However, once it took hold, I looked forward to listening to the next chapter. The two main characters felt full and life-like despite the relatively short length of the story. The story was nicely balanced. The details in the settings and the characters' mannerisms brought the story to life without slowing down the pace. The simmering darkness underneath the "normal" setting was subtle and well used. The narration was very well done. I especially enjoy the characterisation of Marianne and Lorraine. I will most likely read more of Sally Rooney's work off this strong first impression.

amazing messages with gritty production

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-2020

the content is pretty amazing and I will need to review it at least one more time for it to sink in. one thing I found a little grating was some random American voice saying the chapter names at the beginning. it made it feel a little like an infomercial. changing this aspect might increase the mass appeal of the content and give it a 5 star presentation.

slow burning plot propelled by a great narrator

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Reviewed: 21-12-2019

Initially, the plot wasn't that compelling but the excellent narration, particularly her ability to project different characters was very well done. The story is a slow burn but, overall, well paced. Not sure if I would have persisted if this were in print form though.

An niche story, very moving

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Reviewed: 30-11-2019

Don't judge this book by its cover nor the first line of its publisher summary; give the first few chapters a chance. If you're not compelled to read further, it's probably not the book for you. There was never a dull moment in the story. I thought the narration was slightly over dramatised, but it was a dramatic story so maybe it's appropriate.

a nice, smooth read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-2019

a very fun journey. the story starts with the end and I was trying to work out how the ends get tied together until the last 20 minutes. this was my first Palahniuk read and I was pretty satisfied. The narration was great too.

it's an lotr book, it's long

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-10-2019

I really enjoyed it. Could it have done with an abridged version of the songs? quite possibly. but it might have detracted from the charm. I can't fault the narration; excellent dramatisation.

compelling listen from start to finish

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the outset. I felt like the end might have been a bit rushed bit that could have been due to me not paying enough attention.

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like a great album, I enjoy coming back to it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-2019

I'm writing this review after the second listen. This isn't a self-help book dense with actionable advice. Rather, it's an enjoyable story about how a quirky and loveable artist explores how she and those around her negotiate their needs and wants. It is also punctuated by tracks by the Dresden Dolls, Palmer herself and guest appearances by the likes of Ben Folds. In a world where people get pissed because those around them can't read their minds, this is required reading for all.

short and sweet but not very actionable

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Reviewed: 31-05-2019

I went in wanting to get hints on how to build communities. The ideas were a bit too high level. I'm still going to have another read. maybe one proposition at a time. Long live Team Human.