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I love this book. Crowley is smart, super-funny, and honest. She couldn't write an unoriginal sentence if she tried, and her delivery is a huge pleasure. I recommend this book to everyone, but also if you have someone struggling through something upsetting, this book might be a match, because though it isn't exactly light (as it deals with serious matters) it is so funny that it is deeply deeply pleasurable without being painful.
wow - amazing story amazing reporting
I don't normally read these kind of books. I am more of a literary fiction and nonfiction sort, but I LOVED this book. It's an amazing story. Quite hard to believe it is true, and it would make an amazing movie. I couldn't wait to get back in my car or go for a run, so I could listen to it. It's incredible in terms of its super-suspenseful plot and the great job it does at revealing characters. I did (when I got to the end) question the interior narrative that Bilton does for the main character. He explains how he does it, but I felt knowing the exterior facts of the man's life does not technically give you access to that man's brain, so I had that question, but beyond that, I am wildly impressed by the incredible reporting a book like this clearly required, and the masterful abilities of the people who figured out the crime to figure out the crime.
terrific book, terrific reader
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This is a terrific book. A writer friend recommended it highly to me, and I both read and listened to it, because I liked it so well. I LOVED the reader, whose extraordinary ability with accents blew me away. I immediately went on the web, eager to learn more about the author and eager to read other books narrated by the reader. It's not only a good book, it's an important one for exposing American readers to bits of life in Zimbabwe and also life in America for someone who has immigrated as a teen. The author is quite clever, even as her story ranges from the amusing to the entirely horrific aspects of culture and life in America and in Zimbabwe.
i hated this
What would have made I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me better?
I had heard Joan Rivers interviewed recently, so I thought I would find this funny. I found it stupid and offensive. After 15 minutes, I'd had enough and didn't listen to anymore. This is really bad.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Books by Jim Shepard and Benjamin Astastos
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I'm completely surprised by the negative reviews. This is one of the best books I've ever read. (I am a writer myself and an English professor, so I read--and listen to--a LOT of literary fiction.) I also love the reader and how he inhabits the various characters.
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