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MizVee

Downey, US, Canada
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  • Still Lives

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Hummel
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,512

Kim Lord is an avant garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the LA art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition, Still Lives, is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous murdered women - the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others - and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite

  • By CB on 08-23-18

Painful to listen to

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I’m halfway done and am in so much pain knowing I have another 4.5 hours left to listen to. For awhile in the beginning I couldn’t tell if the narrator was completely at fault and just ruining the writing through her over dramatic sing song voice or if she was exacerbating a poorly written book. I think it’s the latter. I‘m going to try to finish this book because I hate not finishing books. Let’s see which one I end up hating more - the book itself or not finishing it. It will be painful to continue on though.

I can only think that the Reese who knew what a gem Big Little Lies was couldn’t be the same Reese who thinks this book is anywhere near the same realm. Maybe she read the book and didn’t listen to it because maybe reading it is better than listening in this case. Maybe she sees the potential to turn this into a movie or mini series with a lot of help from better writers. Maybe one of her assistants read it or the author is a friend of hers. This wasn’t a good choice to recommend as a good listen - it’s too painful because the narration is so bad and the writing is trite.

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