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I Knew I'd Laugh, I Didn't Expect to Learn!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

If you could sum up Modern Romance in three words, what would they be?

Smart, Funny, Relatable.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The fact that Aziz and his partner actually went out and did pretty thorough research. He could have written a book solely from his opinion of modern romance, but instead, he engaged people of different demographics to create something very smart.

Which character – as performed by Eric Klinenberg and Aziz Ansari – was your favorite?

I liked when Aziz spoke about his parents and their relationship.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The section on dating apps like Tinder. I met my now-husband before this sort of thing really took hold, so I did not know much about it. I actually learned a lot about it, and have a better understanding of why it's so popular.

No One Lives Twice audiobook cover art

Story and Narration Both Okay

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-15

What did you like best about No One Lives Twice? What did you like least?

Best - The storyline is very interesting and I found a lot of it unexpected (in a good way).
Least - Lexi. I wanted so badly to like her, but I think this is all a personal preference. I cannot stand a character that constantly puts themselves down, questioning how they could be so stupid, how they ramble /so/ much, how completely inept that are at clothes and undergarments and makeup (and yet garner the attention of so many "attractive" men). Again, I know a ton of people consider this a story about a great "geek girl" heroine, but the story seemed to focus on how terrible she is at all things stereotypically "girly" and "social", instead of focusing on this really intelligent girl and her skills. I could not figure out how she ended up in such a great job, when the character herself is constantly questioning it. I physically cringed at so many of her interactions, because they were so unlikely to me, and seemed so forced to show "hey, this girl doesn't know how to interact with men or her parents! Isn't she relatable??" I think my expectation for the character of Lexi doesn't match up with reality, which is why I'm so bothered.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have liked to see more confidence in Lexi, and less whining. I'm not the author, though, so I have no say in the characters created. I just had different expectations for Lexi.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The accents took me out of the story, and made me very aware that I was listening to someone read a story, instead of feeling like I was totally "in" the story.

Do you think No One Lives Twice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Sure. I probably would not listen to it, but I like to believe Lexi evolves as a character into a more multi-faceted, capable woman!

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