Essayist Theroux has long captivated readers and listeners with her pitch-perfect rendering of the inner lives of American women. The Journal Keeper is a memoir of six years in her life, covering universal topics such as love, loneliness, growing old, spiritual growth, and death.
This is an intelligent, insightful funny book. When I purchased it I though it was light and easy to listen to book. Within 10 minutes I had restarted the story. Phyllis Theroux is a woman my age. In understand why she journals. I do the same. I can't express enough the wit and intelligence of this writer, who is also the narrator. It is her life, the good, the bad, the ugly. I have listened to it twice to pick up the literary references . For now it is my default favorite. I highly recommend The Journal Keeper.
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What disappointed you about The Journal Keeper?
It doesnt translate into spoken word. I was disappointed. It was tedious. I didn't enjoy the narration, the content, the voice. There were snippets of wisdom that made me want to like it, but I found myself fighting to continue to listen. I think I liked the author. I would have liked her more for 5 minutes a week, or a month.
What do you think your next listen will be?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
What character would you cut from The Journal Keeper?
I can't say there's a least favorite character, because they are her friends and family. I like her relationship with her mother.
Any additional comments?
This might have been a good written word book. It might have been a fun and charming book to lick up and read a page from time to time, but hours and hours of entries read in no particular order, went from curious, to tedious, to turn it off!