If it weren't for the author/narrator's hoarse voice with sibilant "s" sounds, speech peculiarities, and over-the-top accent, I would have given it a 4 or 5. As it read, though, I found the narration distracting and couldn't really get into the whole story, or stories, actually. Anyway it seems to read like a collection of segments from "This American Life" with a psycho theme, and for that reason this listening experience was somewhat enjoyable. Couldn't help thinking, though, what if the narrator had a less distinctive voice and was just a neutral, accent-less presence. Would have worked better for me as a listener. What's with all the books being read by their authors? Can't say that it works in most cases.
This book was not as advertised. I expected more explorations of the PTSD phenomenon and how it affected the protagonist's present life, rather than a long story of a knock-down, drag-out garden variety kidnapping, complete with archetypical male misogynist behavior. Way too much profanity - I don't mind the f-word now and then, when it's appropriate, but when every other word is an f-word or other hostile profanity, used as an adjective by the main character in her therapy sessions, it's way too much. The character's cookie-cutter variety of hostility against therapy and therapists was also very generic and tiresome.
Added in was the narrator's flat delivery and speed reading. She sounded as though someone was forcing her to read the words and she was just going through the motions. Disappointing, this novel could have been so much more.
Will you please stop featuring such appealing novels only available in abridged format? I am continually stumped as to why oh why anyone with a brain would even bother to read an abridged novel. Several times I have found on your site what promised to be a good read, but only available in the abridged version, and I have gone to the competition and rented the unabridged cassettes. Please stop the insanity!
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