I give credit to the narrorator (the author himself) - 50% of an audible book's enjoyment is a narrorator you can stand to listen to. I did like the narraration. One reviewer likened the book to David Sedaris - while there are similarities- Augusten is much darker and is not as funny (it is funny in only a very perverse way). His whole life is surrounded by severely dysfunctional people and at the end I was depressed and felt profound pity for the man. The book is very graphic and many will find it offensive. I usually love dark comedies, but this goes over the edge. If this story is really true (even half true) some of the real-life characters need to be put away for the safety of the public.
This book is not as bad as some reviewers would have you believe. I thought this book was much better than some of his more recent books, especially the ones that strayed from the "law theme. This book moves quite fast and I had a hard time putting it down. I though it was a great read, but Grisham does wimp out and the story ends too abruptly. There was plenty of story left to tell. Despite the sudden ending, I am very glad to have read it. The reviewers who gave the book just 1 or 2 stars are overreacting to the ending. Just because you don't like the destination doesn't mean that the journey isn't worth taking.
What a pleasant read. The story moved along and was quite suspenseful. I thought the story was well researched. Embarrassingly, at times I (almost) wanted Booth to escapae capture. I also really enjoyed the interview with the author at the end and I wish audio book publishers would do more interviews like that. The narrator, Richard Thomas was really wonderful! What a breath of fresh air, especially after my last several reads where the narrators were awful. (Please, someone tell authors NOT to read their own work!) Richard Thomas really read the story with nuance. I hope he decides to do more audio work.
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