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  • Beauty, Disrupted: The Carre Otis Story

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carre Otis, Hugo Schwyzer
    • Narrated By Carre Otis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Runaway, supermodel, and actress Carre Otis found herself in the public eye from a very tender age. Millions of people gazed at provocative images of her in magazine and billboard ads, as well as in features on the pages of Playboy and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. By the time she was twenty, they had also seen her on posters for the controversial film Wild Orchid, with Mickey Rourke.

    Christine says: "A hot mess, but interesting"
    "fashion industry exposé meets self-help"
    What made the experience of listening to Beauty, Disrupted the most enjoyable?

    It was great to hear the story narrated by Carré herself and within the story she doesnt seem to hold back on revealing some of the more uncomfortable/ less than glamorous expereiences.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beauty, Disrupted?

    Don't want to give away too much, but can say that it was quite entertaining getting a glimpse of characters like Linda Evangelista. There were also lots of uncomfortable moments when I found myself shuddering, feeling upset and thinking: "How could that happen?" This book really does well as conveying some quite distressing incidents with lots of detail which other authors may have shyed away from.

    What about Carre Otis’s performance did you like?

    Although a well directed performance it did feel like it was genuine and loaded with emotion. I've listened to autobiographies where the author has chosen somebody else to narrate as some parts are too uncomfortable, so it was admirable that she lent her voice to what at times were quite difficult subjects to listen to.

    It was also quite sweet when she did different accents- some more successfully than others, but it was enderaring nevertheless.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    fashion industry exposé meets inspiring story of empowerment.

    Any additional comments?

    I think the influence of the co-author of the book feels very strong in the sometimes flowery style which makes the book quite a bit of a tome. It's enjoyable but sometimes a bit indulgent. Also, yes, there are bits when you might be tempted to skip some of the exploration of Carré's spiritual journey and get to the juicy bits, but as somebody who has some experience of co-dependency and volatile partners (thankfully nowhere as intense as Carré's) it was quite interesting and useful to hear how she eventually healed herself both mentally and physically as well as her approach to fertility.

    On another note: as somebody who has prematurely retired from the fashion and beauty industry a lot of things rang true and it's confirmed that I made the right decision to step away from what can be amazing and glamorous and lots of fun but can be quite a negative infuence on very vulnerable and young girls .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell

    David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

    Rahul says: "Brilliant"
    "Just couldnt perservere with it..."

    I wanted to really love this book, but the focus on sports related examples at the beginning just made me completely detatch. I haven't got a clue about basketball and so my attention span drifted and don't think i'll be returning to it. Shame as thought it would be just my kind of thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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