I am finding I am comparing my experience with my mother during and after the narrator's readings of different second-hand cases. I wish Tannen had compiled those cases without having to use word for word transcriptions. It's a little confusing. But the insight afterwards is immeasurable. My mother and I have a relationship that rings true with the psychology and findings.
I would have liked Tannen to read her own work. But the narrator is fine. I even asked my mother if she would look into the book after I finished listening to it. This is an amazing and detailed self-help/psychology book.
I really was looking forward to hearing this woman's story. The problem is that because it is about the CIA, it has to be reviewed before it can go public. The CIA took out details they didn't want anyone to know. In order to show the listeners what had been blacked out by the CIA, there is a long BEEEP in the reading. It is so frequent! It ruins the flow of the story! It drove me crazy so much that I cannot finish the book. This problem was not handled well. There should have been another way to deal with this without constant interruptions.
I would read this book again. The descriptions flow like poetry-- they are vivid and the story is creative. A different society where the characters are read with distinct voices. Very interesting world. Very good narrator.
I haven't felt this involved with the characters of a book for a long time. Listening to characters come alive is like having a picture painted in your head and it only gets more exciting as you listen further. A great start to a trilogy!
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