The book is amazing but most of the literate world already knows this. The reading is ok. At first sounding poetic but as the tone of each sentence goes through the same cyle of inflection, it starts to become repetitious and boring. The narrator begins each sentence strong and clear and slowly meanders to a quiet finish, almost whispering the last words. This would be fine ocaasionally but as it continues to recur you get exhausted listening to him. By no way should this trump the importance of this book in every collection and if your prefered method of digestion is auditory, I maintain a high recommendation for the purchase of this work.
After reading her more famous works, I started searching for additional writings as many fans of Ayn Rand often do. Finding these plays was like uncovering a treasure. Though they can be difficult to listen to, the narration is very good and the content is excellent.
The author attempts to play on our natural apprehension of strangers by eluding to an overwhelming presence of sociopaths around every corner. Her definition changes from the text book to whatever seems to best describe the perpetrator of her stories and often times seems to be speaking of her own encounters with people that were less than nice to someone as opposed to people who are in serious need of attention. While some of her conclusions are accurate as they obviously would be given her education, many seem to draw a hasty diagnosis as she defends the proclamation of an outbreak of sociopaths at epidemic proportions. Most of her knowledge is either based on second hand accounts, or, as she readily admits, through the sessions of the victims. That is to say someone who was wronged. I would think that she should focus her literature more on those people and less on the actual sociopaths themselves as she seems to have little first hand knowledge either personally or professionally of such people. The book was dissappointing as instead of achieving an in depth working knowledge of the sociopath as one would expect, I simply now think any good looking, succesful, charming, go-getter is in need of a straight jacket before they kill anyone. Her main points are repetitious and overly stressed throughout the read. Could have been really interesting, but unfortunately, is not.
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