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The Rules Do Not Apply Audiobook

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir for listeners of Cheryl Strayed about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, based on this award-winning writer's New Yorker article "Thanksgiving in Mongolia".

©2017 Ariel Levy (P)2017 Random House Audio

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    Amazon Customer 06-01-17

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    "Ariel Levy Let's It All Hang Out"

    A strong engaging woman's voice. Levy's candor and immediacy make this an engrossing read.

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 05-26-17
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 05-26-17 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "THE TROUBLE WITH UNIQNESS"

    There is a kind of fascination in a memoir that reflects on a life that is so different from your own. However when a memoir has little universal experience, fascination turns to boredom. Levy is a good writer but her experience is unique; not transcendental. As a memoir, her story seems, at best, cathartic.

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    Levent 05-01-17
    Levent 05-01-17 Member Since 2009
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    "So real therefore so touching"

    I am enlightened and found answers to many questions in my mind. Thank you Ariel. I could not keep my tears while listening. Mother nature is free to do what it wants

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    Katie j Chicago, IL 04-24-17
    Katie j Chicago, IL 04-24-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Sad, biased."

    Not a fan of it I thought I was going to like it.
    I got nothing from it... at all. Apart from pushing her beliefs and political outlook I'm not sure what the story line was really about, lost my attention a few times. Best part? The narrator/author was very well spoken and easy to listen too.

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    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 04-24-17
    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 04-24-17

    Creatively curating space/place as art adventure for the actively engaged. Writing retreats at artfarmfennville+Redwoods of Corralitos.

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    "A Punch To Your Heart"

    Loved the honesty Loved the writing. Ms. Levy is a rare breed of brains, guts and big appetite for life. Love her game to explore personality wrapped in humility poured onto the page.

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    amazonwoman 04-14-17
    amazonwoman 04-14-17
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    "I had high expectations..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    After seeing Emma Watson & various other feminist celeb's endorse this book (or did I confuse this book for another?), my interest was piqued. If I'm not indulging in books written by female comedians, another guilty pleasure is re-reading Cheryl Strayed books - "Tiny Beautiful Things" as well as "Wild" being my two favorites. This book was very anticlimactic and surprisingly kind of dull. It was like "Eat Pray Love" without the eating, praying, or loving. It fell flat. It was a dull recollection of a pretty average life - with ups and downs and in betweens. The writer lightly dusts the subjects of homosexuality, substance abuse (alcoholism - from which her partner suffered, and decided to leave her for rehab) a miscarriage she experiences (which had so much potential to hit audiences in the feels and offer up a real and raw perspective) but nothing resonated. I wanted to but didn't feel empathy for the characters because of the casual way it was either written or told...perhaps this is a book that needs to be read and not listened to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ariel Levy? Why or why not?

    Nah.


    What about Ariel Levy’s performance did you like?

    Fine performance.


    Could you see The Rules Do Not Apply being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No way.


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    RE novice 04-10-17
    RE novice 04-10-17
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    "realistic"

    ariel's writing is fierce and soft. it's a tangled mess of experiences and wishes.
    she exposed herself and reflected ourselves back to us, and she reminded us that we are playing natures game. well done.

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    Amazon Customer 03-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Sad"

    I would like to say I loved the book because my heart breaks for the author's loss. Unfortunately, I found myself less connected to the author (despite her being the narrator) because of her blunt writing style. I often like this type of writing, but here I found it jarring. It is not a long book and does move along, but I did not love it.

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    jeannie dumont 03-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I expected"

    The story was not at all what I expected. The short portion I heard before I purchased the book sounded like a woman working through the death of her son and husband. I have been through exactly that and was anticipating how the author dealt with it. Instead it told of her unconventional lifestyle and mistakes both people made. I didn't find it at all helpful. I might have liked it if I had not been expecting something else.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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