This title seems to have the most extreme two-humped distribution of ratings by reviewers that I've seen on audible. I'd like to address this note to a potential reader who doesn't know whom to believe. Listen to the entire preview; my guess is that if you don't like it, you won't like listening to the rest. Personally, I found this to be one of the most pleasant and interesting books I've heard lately. I'm interested in the issues confronting (and afflicting) the protagonist, including the ubiquitousness of branding, the power of and limits to anonymity in the modern world, and the monetization of culture. If you are expecting this story to turn into a James Bond movie plot, you ought to look elsewhere.
It doesn't surprise me that someone who likes The Fountainhead would not appreciate this book. The author describes her tween and teen years, with an emphasis on her developing relationships with friends and boys and the world around her. Her words are worldly yet unpretentious. On the other hand, Rand's wacky stuff is about the 'wisdom' of selfishness in a cruel fantasy world. This book is about a real, flawed, human being dealing with other real, flawed, human beings. And the author's voice is quite pleasant and engaging, to my ear!
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