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Great for the daily commute

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

Reviewed: 01-10-2019

Louis Theroux is an enigmatic figure and if you hope to glean any deep character insights you will be disappointed. It was interesting to learn, though, how much he has had to hustle in his career and how strategic he has been. Some stories (calling an old documentary subject just so you can say in an upcoming interview that you are still in touch, for example) are unflattering and very much at odds with the innocent abroad character we see on TV, which I found intriguing. Some of what Louis covers is old territory for fans who have seen his shows but I enjoyed those stories and this was an entertaining listen for my drive to and from work. I felt there was too much about Jimmy Saville (like, let it go already!) but maybe that's because I'm not from the UK and didn't grow up with him as a media fixture. Recommended for all fans of Louis.

Great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-2019

This story is sad, triumphant, touching and beautiful. Demi's narration is outstanding and I became very invested in her journey. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fascinating and flawed

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2019

The title of my review could also apply to Sandra Pankhurst, the subject of this biography, who has endured incredible hardship with awe-inspiring resilience. It's impossible not to admire Sandra but her capacity for callously self-serving behaviour (born no doubt of her childhood trauma) stopped me from liking her wholeheartedly. As for the book, it was interesting from go to whoa. I really liked the structure of interspersing Sandra's story with vignettes of different 'cleans'. For me, though, the book is distractingly overwritten; jam packed with obscure vocabulary, tortured metaphors and breathless psychobabble. The narrator has decided to go with this rather than try to counteract it (probably her only choice really) and her performance is way over the top in terms of Drama with a capital D. She has a lovely voice though and does voices well. Overall, a good listen and I think Sandra's story will stay with me for a long time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 28-04-2019

Story is banal. Narration is grating with its overly cutesy and confiding style. Chick lit at its lamest.