she sometimes uses this breathy, fairytale voice. Downright annoying
I just think she should not be on such a high horse taking absolutely no responsibility for her behavior of trampling over the hearts and feelings of people in her life, starting with her husband. She is a professional cheater, unable to have real feelings towards the people in her life that mattered. A horrible mother, sacrificing a relationship with her son to all her "lovers", "causes" and actions and distractions that take front seat, and shipping that poor kid off to boarding school at 13.
Of course, she never assumes responsibility for anything, her alcoholism is "genetic" as if she never had a choice, but she had choices, and made a lot of bad ones.
I used to like a few of her songs, but that is tainted for me now.
At her age -like in her seventies- there is no fessing up to her flawed decisions, and her loveless behavior to people she should have genuinely cared about, only excuses, excuses and no sign of personal growth. How sad.
First, I would have that book read by someone who has at least basic knowledge of proper German pronunciation.
Is it too much to ask, to have a book brimming with German terms and names performed by someone who does not mangle each and every German word?
Asides from those audible (sic!) issues, I could not really warm to any of the leading figures. Dodd seems to have been a misfit extraordinaire for the post of ambassador. He just couldn't rise above being a self-righteous, slightly desiccated dusty old professor, who felt intellectually superior to basically everybody.
The petty squabbles with the embassy staff just proved to me that the man was not a leader but just an annoying failure as a diplomat, couldn't even motivate his own people.
A true diplomat would have been much better suited to the position and by possibly seeing the bigger picture, a better choice for that important post might have effected changes instead of handing out affronts.
All characters remain somewhat abstract and two-dimensional. The slutty daughter did not garner any sympathies from me either, and her having been a spy for the Soviets, was downplayed like an afterthought. I found the mere fact scandalous.
In general, I felt like I wasted my time with that book.
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