I never read/listen to abridged novels because, as an English PhD, I cannot bear to let someone else decide what is not relevant. However, in this case, I wish I had listened to the other reviewer and bought the abridged version. There is a mildly interesting story here, but it is burried under so many self-indulgent narrative tangents that it gets lost. There are WAY too many details about characters and places that really do not add anything to the novel and slacken the tautness of the narrative.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book, in any form, but I think it would be enjoyable abridged.
Nothing. Maybe if I had the tranquilizers & drinking habits of Brandi.
That it was published.
If she was sober.
The woman ends every second sentence by saying "hashtag!" Like "hashtag car sex" & "hashtag I like my wine."
There is nothing that could improve the performance.
Shame at having bought it. Despair for the publishing industry. Anger at her sexism & racism. Sadness for her children who will be taunted by their peers w info from this book.
This is unbearable--it's not funny, insightful or even amusing. clearly this book's publication is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
The narrator is superb and the story is compelling--but then it stops short. Right when things become interesting and complicated, the author employs a cheap narrative trick and the novel just ends. This results in it feeling like a short story (written by a writer with a deadline) instead of a rich novel. I was really dissapointed as the story was just fantastic and the characters layered.
Yes, but it stopped short.
An amusing, smart and unapologetic indictment of "Western" parenting. Chua avoids navel gazing and, instead, offers a sharp analysis of the downfalls of both pushing too hard and not pushing hard enough.
This is a pleasant audiobook. It's not as insightful or enjoyable as Eat, Pray, Love, but a few of the chapters are quite funny. Gilbert does not offer any new insights into marriage, and she does not touch the inherent sexism of the institution, but she does a decent job navel gazing.
I am a film prof and avid reader of Classic Hollywood film star bios. This was the first one that made me nauseous. Written by a rookie writer capitalizing on her friendship with Speldour's captain, 80% of the book rationalizes why the captain did not come forward sooner with details about the night Natalie died and, instead, chose to LIE about it for 27 years. The author becomes complicit in this line and there are dozens of excuses given why it's okay (he was scared! I needed to protect our friendship! We were worried about Natalie's daughters!) but ALL of them underscore how self-serving these two are.
I'm sad that I paid money for something that exploits Wood's memory and capitalizes on her death. There is nothing new here about her films or her life, other than a few details about her relatonship with Wagner. Other than that, it's 50% about how much Natalie liked her boat captain and what a great guy he is, 30% is rationalizing covering up a murder, 10% about the friedsship between the author and captain and 10% mildly interesting stuff.
It's not a boring listen and the narrator is great, but I don't know how anyone can get into a book that is so clearly caplitalizing on a murder--27 years later.
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