I've a background in the sciences and am working toward a master in sex education. Everyone around me has mentioned this book at some point so I felt like I had to read it and downloaded it for a long drive. They extend the "this is what the book is about, this is why it's relevant, this is the research that was done before it, this is what we're going to tell you to build upon the research." to an agonizing, tedious crawl of several chapters. I kept thinking, "You know, in a scientific paper this would be a page, page and a half. That's all this needed to be."
Then again, perhaps it's something that a layman needs to understand the book. I've had professional training in it. "Ok, serves me right," I thought, "I'll skip a couple chapters in 2x speed so I can stop if something interesting happens."
There were a few times when I stopped to listen, the information about what our close mammal relatives and our distant animal relatives do as far as sex was very interesting.
Sometimes I'd be listening along thinking that it was interesting but as tedious as listening to a textbook read aloud when I'd realize that I hadn't heard anything about human evolution and development in regards to sexuality for several hours. I didn't sign up to read anthropology as it relates to humans in group living and "let's all talk about how the dawn of agriculture ruined everything". I'm interested in human sexuality! I'd fast forward some more, then some more, then again, then just stop listening and put the book away. I'm in the last 1/4 of section 2 and I just can't bring myself to listen again.
Though I think that the narrator is great and I really enjoyed listening to her -her dry wit really brought up the material- but I think I'd like this as a paperback book where I could skip the boring parts and only read the relevant research.
I thought I was going to love this book. Friends have read the paperback and I love the concept. I couldn't get past the first three stories. The people are putting on horrible fake accents and they were so bad I couldn't even concentrate. Why even make accents at all? The Chinese doctor sounds like a person who can't decide whether to be Latino or bad Saturday morning cartoon villian Chinese. The "Israeli" person sounds like a Russian/German blend to the point where I was wondering if I'd misheard that he was Israeli. I don't even remember where the person in the second story was supposed to be from, but he was putting some kind of weird emphasis or gloating sounds in his voice, I couldn't even hear his story for wondering what kind of inflection he was trying out and why. I hated this book and wish I could return it.
I bought this on sale because it was a teeny bit longer than a long drive I had. I thought it would fill that crime writing "best seller at the airport that you'd never read any other time" niche I'd wanted to fill at the time. Boy howdy! I felt like a TERRIBLE PERSON for being so interested in this poor fictional woman's troubles but I couldn't stop listening! The format is really novel, the narrator really brings it all together and there were plot twists I didn't see coming at all several times. Perhaps that's because I'm not a big crime novel person, maybe if you're more into the genre you'll see it from a mile away. I don't know. I'm just going to say I liked it more than I thought I would.
I really liked this book and I thought it was a lot of fun. Oh sure, it's maybe a little bit of cross genre fluff, but it's FUN and much, much better than the slashfic I was worried it would be. There were times when I thought I could see what was happening next but I ended up being surprised. I laughed and worried right in time to the book. I have only a few complaints but except for one (that may be in place to set up a sequel) I realize they're all character flaws of the characters themselves. EX nobody thought of this obvious thing or that guy was too weak to do what should have been done and lied about it.
The one, big glaring (ha!) problem to me was Zap. I liked him as a person but I hated him and wanted him to die. You have the power of a sun. You're the Deus ex machina. There are plenty of those in literature, like Power Girl in DC comics. She'd just overpower everyone and roll through like a tank if you let her. So they limit her, or knock her out first thing in battle. Zap. He's a sun. He doesn't like to touch stuff because it "feels gross" Ok fine. Lob a plasma ball or throw super heated gas or just take one for the team every once in a while and touch that super baddie before he kills all your friends! Fer chis' sake. It is not that hard. Why has nobody in his community questioned that?
Lastly, I liked the male/female narration. How many times has an otherwise good story been ruined by, "That is a man trying and failing miserably at a woman's voice." ?
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