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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Wacky, addictive, and over the top

This book was wacky, addictive, and over the top. I think this series would make a great daytime soap opera.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-16

Gripping, but some inadvertent prejudice

This was a gripping story. The choice of a performer with a non-posh accent was consistent with the protagonist coming from the lowest caste. I cheered him on in his struggles. However, as a gay man, I found the pervasive, unconscious, but reflexive sexism and homophobia disturbing. Despite the author's solidarity for the underdog, he had not yet expanded his solidarity to include LGBT folks. He depicts strong women, but does not quite see them as equal to men. Nonetheless, this is a masterful work.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-15

Devout mormons and women's struggles

Good insights for nonmormons to understand misogyny and the struggles of faithful women. Heavy on god.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-15

Crude

This guy is crude and not funny. He has some interesting insights, but his gratuitous foul language spoils the effect.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-14

Low key presentation pulls you in.

Patti Smith pulled me into the world she shared and created with Robert Mapplethorpe.

Simply told, the story grew.

By the time she finished, I was trying to control my sobs, pedaling away on the bicycle at the gym, glad for 10 minutes of silence left in my workout to absorb the experience.

Amazing.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-14

Depressing

Because it's on the best seller list, I had high hopes for this book. I think the performer does an appropriate job with what he's got. But it is a depressing book about a depressing boy who grows into a depressed young man. After the first quarter I started skipping whole sections, so maybe I missed something important. But the mood was the same wherever I started again. I've given it a 3 rather than a lower score because I think it's well written.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-13

Very good

Complex and involving. Very good. I don't agree with the calls for a boycott of the movie, because I found nothing objectionable to gay people in the book.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-13

Outdated

This book is outdated. Dan Savage and his "boyfriend" got married in Seattle last month on the day same-sex marriage became legal.

By the way, this book has one of the worst first chapters I have ever read/listened to. It is so unpleasant to begin with an extended complaint about his "boyfriend's" faults.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-12

Great

Even though my iPod Shuffle shuffled part of the story, I have enjoyed re-listening to parts I enjoyed the first time.

Performer does a very, very good job with a huge number of characters. Occasionally I get some of them confused, but I think he differentiates them well.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-12

Not as good as Fall of Giants

Maybe my expectations were too high after Fall of Giants, but I found this book disappointing. The characters seem predictable, and I know the history too well to be surprised.

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