Well, yes. I think all authors should read their own work when possible, and hearing Strayed's voice as she retold some of these stories was very moving. I wasn't sure how an advice column would translate to audiobook format, but it was a very good read--fun, and in small, digestible bits.
I love Strayed and Almond both equally. They're awesome Sugars.
I think Strayed's message on the whole is one of kindness--to ourselves and to each other--and that's one that I hope will stick with me. Or I'll just listen to it again.
There's a certain charm in the blending of personal narrative and saintly biography that I find delightful. I enjoy people who are comfortable talking about themselves--not in the narcissistic way, but in the "I've done some reflecting on my life and would like to share it with you" way. Father Martin has that quality, and this is a good example of how he mixes himself with this subject.
The stories of the saints themselves, particularly those I didn't know much about, including the African martyrs.
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