This was a pleasure to listen to. Beautifully written, and narrated, with wry humor and insight. I highly recommend it, especially if you are tired of listening to books filled with angst.
I would recommend this to a Mary Wickes fan. I am a big fan and am glad I listened to it. However, as a book I can't recommend it highly. Mary Wickes was a private person, and lived mostly for her work, and as a result is seems there isn't a lot to write about. A lot was filler about other people in her life that really didn't pertain to her. In addition, the writing was rather clunky and often jumped around in awkward ways.
I was looking for a light and frothy listen, and I did get that. However most of the plot happened as a result of our heroine making really stupid choices. Yes, a truly jerky ex-husband done her wrong, but she didn't help anything. Plus she continued to make stupid choices. If it had been a book I would have skimmed quickly to the end. As it was it was just good enough to have me finish listening to the end. Just barely.
Also the our heroine seemed to switch back and forth between competent and clueless and charming and whiny.
I did like the whole lifestyle blog thread in the book.
The reader probably did fine. I found some of the voices annoying, but that could have been just because I found some of the characters annoying.
As a suburban 50 year old white woman I really appreciated the insider's view into the hip-hop culture. Fascinating and very easy to listen to. I have purchased the book for my kids because not only do you learn about hip-hop, there is also a lot of thought about how we choose to live our lives (not surprising given that the author is a philosopher).
This ranks among the top audio-books I've listened too, and I've been a member of audible for years. Excellent writing, story, and characters. The narration was perfect and added so much to the story.
This is a book with a main character you really can cheer for. It is very entertaining, despite the very tragic things that happen to our hero. Kerry Shale, who narrates, is wonderful. And the ending is great. I highly recommend this book!
I don't understand, I usually enjoy Laurie Notaro. However I found the humor very contrived, and the story boring. I gave up after a few chapters, so maybe the end is better.
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