• The Startup Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Tahmima Anam
  • Narrated by: Tanha Dil
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR​

In this “wise and wickedly funny novel about love, creativity, and the limitations of the tech-verse” (Vogue) newlyweds Asha and Cyrus find themselves running one of the most popular social media platforms in the world.

Meet Asha Ray. Brilliant coder and possessor of a Pi tattoo, Asha is poised to make a scientific breakthrough when she is reunited with her high school crush, Cyrus Jones.

Before she knows it, Asha has abandoned her lab, exchanged vows with Cyrus, and gone to work at an exclusive tech incubator called Utopia to develop an app called WAI — “We are Infinite.”

WAI creates a sensation, with millions of users logging on every day. Will Cyrus and Asha’s marriage survive the pressures of sudden fame, or will she become overshadowed by the man everyone is calling the new messiah?

This “scathing — and hilarious — take on startup culture, marriage and workaholism” (Politico) explores whether or not technology — with all its limits and possibilities — can disrupt modern love.

©2021 Tahmima Anam. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Canongate Books Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Sounds like if Siri made an audio book

The narrator up speaks sooooo much. She is also extraordinarily monotone. Happy monotone, but monotone. You can’t even tell the sentences apart from the way she talks. And she reads really fast, no pauses at all

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Terrible narrator!

This is the worst narrator I have encountered so far on Audible, after years of listening. Poor diction, odd pauses, accentuating wrong parts of the sentence, combining the end of one sentence with the beginning of next and demeaning both, this narrator is monotonous and does not do justice to the book.

The story is really good. I have heard the author read excerpts from the book during her interview with Terry Gross and wish she had read it herself for the Audible recording.

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Paid by the comma?

It’s like they gave the reader a bucketful of commas and said: find a place to get rid of these. Also: it’s pretty clear when she stops recording and starts up again, right? Definitely the worst reader I’ve heard in a decade.

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Great story, frustrating reader

Ms. Anam’s characters are very three dimensional and the protagonist, Asha, develops her voice (first person narrator) through the events of the story. Indeed, finding her voice in her relationship and owning her considerable expertise and insight in her work is an important theme of the book. The story and the key relationships, including minor characters, are compellingly drawn. However, I found the reader quite frustrating. She frequently (on virtually every page) emphasizes the wrong words in sentences and places pauses or skips them, to unfortunate and often hilarious effect (“a picture of Cyrus with his arms…out in a field”) and it made it hard for me to stick with this book to the end.

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DON"T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THE AUDIOBOOK

The quality of this audiobook was terrible. The volume of the narration seemed to change way too often, not just with chapters but in many cases with individual sentences. It made it incredibly difficult to listen with earbuds, which then severely limited when I could listen. I am also not a fan of this particular narrator. Her voice is too breathy and she isn't great at distinguishing between the various characters.

It didn't help things that I also didn't connect with the story and thought the characters were awful, but usually I can put my issues with them aside if the audiobook is of a higher quality. In fact, there have been cases where I've hated the characters and wondered where the story was going but still enjoyed the book overall because the narration was fantastic.

If you want to give this title a short, don't listen to the audiobook. It could taint your opinion of the story, and the author deserves better.

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Good story but a hard listen

So many small pauses where (pause) they should not be. I don't know when (pause) the story is taking a (pause) turn, or (pause) the narrator is just reading (pause) normally. Makes it had to listen to. Also the monotone......

However, the story is really good and fun to listen to so it keeps me coming back.

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The performance did not work

I don’t want to be mean. But the voice actor sounds like a 16 year old doing a book report. The phrasing is chopping and clumsy. I couldn’t take it. It took me right out of the story.

I can’t rate the story because I stopped after 5 minutes.

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That amateur narrator!

Easily the worst narrator I have ever encountered. Makes the entire novel unreadable. Maybe one day, I'll return to the book in paperback form.

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Narration is unbearable

Based on the positive reviews that I read, I pushed through the first six chapters, hoping the story would become worth suffering through the unbearable narrator. Unfortunately this did not happen for me and I gave up.

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Narrator so bad I returned the book

I didn't even finish listening to this book, the narrator was so bad. Perhaps they were trying to be authentic by hiring someone to narrate who was authentically of the nationality involved, but this reader didn't even know how to change voices for each character. And the upspeak and lack of tone and characterization - Yikes! Anyway, I'll probably never find out if the book is any good since I gave up after a couple of chapters and returned the purchase.

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