Light, educational, well-read.
Bill Bryson is a good reader. The book itself is more light a connection of Shakespeare trivia than a scholarly book, but it is entertaining enough.
Read a better book.
Yes. The pace was just not for me.
Some of the observations made no sense.
One of the best-read memoirs.
The failure of her mother's surgery.
I wish more memoirs on audible were read by the authors.
The snide remarks about people the author assumed were stupid.
Easy to follow.
I really took issue with the constant jabs at folks the author deemed unintelligent or uneducated, and often he made statements that are outdated to untrue about the health benefits of certain foods.
The language is precise and poetic and the narrator is perfect.
This book reminded me of The Invisible Man and Crime and Punishment. The narrator is at once sympathetic and absolutely psychotic. The slow unraveling of the tale is set at a perfect pace and the reader did it full justice.
I would read another Leah Vincent book. I found her prose engaging and smooth. I would never listen to an Emily Durante narration. While her voice is pleasant, she turned this book into a farce.
I enjoyed this story, and found it hard to stop listening at times. I have a Jewish background, and am familiar enough with the Haredi community to know that it is true-to-life. Vincent's determination and struggle were inspiring, and her pain was made palpable.
However, the voice narrating was all wrong. The fake accents and fake male voices made even deadly serious scenes seems cartoonish. Her rendering of the author's timidity in a breathy, whiny voice made the author seem annoying and unlikeable. Just terrible and should be re-recorded in Vincent's own voice.
My personal identification with the author.
Davis Sedaris works.
It was good, but would have preferred the author's own voice. JTR sounded distinctly un-Jewish and un-New Yorker
this is a dumb question
Yes. It never fails to make me laugh.
I hate the letter story. It is cruel and insufferable.
David Rakoff's delivery.
The interweaving stories and rhyme scheme.
The wedding scene.
This is a beautiful book. Sad, made sadder by the knowledge that Rakoff died shortly after this recording.
The only criticism I have is that it felt unfinished.
The author is a terrible narrator.
This book offered some valuable perspectives on a "non-Western" method of parenting. All parents could gain something from this perspective.
More about her spouse.
Parts of Chua's story and narration are bordering on offensive to Jewish traditions. Because she is a perfectionist, Chua's failure to learn how to pronounce easy words, like "haftarah," is a sign on how little she respects the Jewish tradition. Her delivery is so wooden, there are times when I couldn't even determine if she was being humorous. She unknowingly betrays a fault in the "Chinese" method of child-rearing in her inability to adjust for nuance in language. The worst part of this book is Chua's complete disregard for people outside an upper-middle class community. Her idea of struggling is when the whole family had to sleep in one hotel bed on their overseas trips. She admittedly doesn't enjoy introspection, but she also seems to avoid analyzing the community around her.
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