©2008 John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick; (P)2008 Tantor
"Top-notch science writing: stimulating and useful information conveyed in accessible prose." (Kirkus)
I didn't think this book would be cheerful or anything, but the narrator's voice is terrible. Monotone, sad and slow singsongy. I have an academic interest in this subject, but found myself feeling depressed after I listened to it in my car. The book promises to give hope, but I just couldn't take it and stop listening after a few days.
I found the book to be a little slow moving. Many of the examples were trite and hokey.
His tone and delivery were difficult because his voice is slow and monotone. It didn't fit well at all for a non-fiction book.
I think the subject is very important, and maybe could have been okay with the voice if the content got to the point a little faster. For example, there were labored, general examples of fictional people experiencing loneliness that didn't seem to serve a purpose.
It's mediocre writing and reading -- generally lacking enthusiasm. With some editing and a spark, this could be a very good audiobook.
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