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Salimah J. Perkins

Baltimore, Maryland United States
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What a perfect slow-burn

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-19

These romantic principals are perfect for the reader and each other. Don’t miss this deliciously paced love story. Leverages classic romance novel tropes to great effect. Ella Maise is a writer to watch!

Informative & Indulgent

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-19

I respect Maria Popova’s contribution to the historical perspective; however, points might have been made in half the time.

My God, My God...listen to this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

A narrative masterpiece that is satisfying on every level. It breaks you then restores you. Just like life.

The perfect balance of humour and pathos

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

I never wanted this book to end. There were several legitimate spit takes as I listened (coffee is my constant listening companion) and so many places where I absolutely connected with the anecdotes and found myself thinking "me too!" Thank God this woman and her perfect deadpan delivery exist and that she wrote this wonderful book. I will read or listen to anything she writes.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

Absolutely Delightful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-17

Debbie Reynolds is the only one who could have voiced her tale of joy and heartbreak with such charm and grace. Her delivery is winsome and a little baudy when that's called for. I could listen to her read me anything. What a treasure she was!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Unnecessarily Convoluted

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-16

Would you try another book from Connie Willis and/or Mia Barron?

Mia Barron is a capable narrator whose work I've enjoyed before. Listening to another Connie Willis might be a tougher sell for me because the dialogue in this one is redundant and drawn out to the point of pain. If that's her style, she'll be a hard pass for me moving forward.

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

Crisper, leaner dialogue that gave the reader more benefit of the doubt re: coming to conclusions and filling in gaps; less convoluted plot points--and scenarios constructed purely to prolong events. This audiobook was 18 hours long. I hung in there, but barely. Maeve as a character/plot device was trying, to say the least.

What does Mia Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Believability and depth to Briddey (less so to CB). I wanted more of Briddey's interior monologue. Ironically, for a story that's about telepathy and connection and intimacy (and the commercialization of intimacy), we don't really get to enjoy any sense of completed connection until the end, and only a very little. the takeaway seems to be that nothing is sacred--instead of CB and Briddey connecting more deeply and exclusively, their thoughts are going to be accessible to everyone in her family, including a 9-year-old? Jaysus, as the Irish say.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Less detail about perimeters, walls, and safe havens (this could have been explained in a page or two--and didn't need to be revisited every other paragraph) and more moments that were devoted to the growing intimacy between CB and Briddey. Maeve barging into their thoughts was a real buzz kill. Presumably, they'll never be able to prevent her from doing this...

Any additional comments?

This book had a ton of potential--compelling subject matter that is topically relevant. Unfortunately this was unnecessarily undermined by making this all link back to Irish heritage and genetics, specifically. In any case, as a reader/listener, I never got the chance to fully immerse myself into this story because long-winded explanations and repetitive details pulled me out of the story.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful