The woman's voice drove me insane
If you are looking for a book about history don't buy this one! This is one of the first books I couldn't force myself to finish. She is critical of what is greatest about America. The worst part is I found very little of what she said remotely funny. I appreciate good humor but this had very little.
The producer should have sprung for an actor to do the reading. Listening to the author's voice is the equivalent of nails on a blackboard. She is has a high-pitched voice, which is made worse by a nasal tone which could only have been the result of placing a clothespin on her nose. It is made absolutely unbearable by her slow, deliberate monotone. I tried to get beyond it and listen to what she was saying, but after two hours I gave up. I'll get the book from the library because I really like the material.
Why do authors think they can narrate there own books? This is the good example of an author ruining her own work through the flawed thinking that her writing talents trenscend to the narrative. Are these authors too cheap to spend the money, or is it just ego?
A Gen X vision of reality. Wildly grasping at any leftist cause, this account is more of a tantrum against her rearing than any sort of serious analysis. The unabashed display of nihilism is broken only by worship of her politically and emotionally kindred spirits and her desire to be more like them. Apart from the content, the narration is dreadful. The stilted delivery could be considered as merely curiously stylized at best, but I found the somewhat dysphasic delivery distracting.
This will probably play well to the NPR crowd. In fact, if you are a TAL listener, you have probably heard most of this drivel before (I have), so you may not want to waste your money for it again, even if you like it.