For anyone getting into comedy writing, sitcoms, or show business in general, Rosenthal’s story feels a little like a magical fairytale. I loved hearing how his career took off, and how all of the pieces came together to create and sustain a successful and long-running sitcom. There are a lot of great tips sprinkled throughout as well. The author was great as a narrator; his tone was pleasant and conversational, and his passion and excitement for the field and his experiences really came through. On a technical note, there are quite a few long pauses (like 5-10 seconds) sprinkled throughout the audio -- I thought it was my app at first, but got used to it. One suggestion: Skip Chapter 9. The majority of the chapter is a painfully detailed account of a bad vacation he took with his family, and I’m not sure why it was included. It wasn’t funny or insightful, the whiny tone contrasted with the other chapters, and there was no real tie-in to the rest of the book that made it necessary to listen. Don't worry, the rest of the book is still worth the download!
I respect a lot about this novel, but was just not a fan. I found the story to be a little uneven, and was constantly questioning whether Lucy was the heroine or just an indifferent first-person narrator. As a heroine, her story doesn't develop in any clear or promising way for quite a while, and as a narrator, the characters around her and their stories are even less engaging, especially considering their treatment towards her. And although Lucy is a very sympathetic character, she is alternately independent and weak in ways that I couldn’t relate to and which I found frustrating.
On the positive side, much of the writing itself is really beautiful -- the world around the characters is rich and dark, and Lucy's growing intense loneliness is really powerful, almost oppressive. But it was not enough to keep me engaged. The story started to come together towards the last third of the novel, but by then I had lost interest.
As far as the audiobook, the quality is great and Davina Porter's narration is perfect, especially for Lucy. I've left this on a few times as quiet background noise while working, and have actually enjoyed it more.
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