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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Maybe. It was fun to hear her story, but no real "takeaways"
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Wrapped things up nicely
Would you be willing to try another one of Ricki Lake’s performances?
Maybe. She needs to slow down and add some emotion to her reading. It really seemed as if she rushed through it
Did Never Say Never inspire you to do anything?
Sorry to say it, but no
Any additional comments?
Enjoyed the story and "no holds barred" approach, but felt she needed to "tell" the story, not just quickly read through it
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What would have made Never Say Never better?
Having someone that could do a better job narrating than Ricki Lake.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
You would think that having the author herself, (especially considering that author is also an actress) read the book would undoubtedly be the best choice, but that is certainly not the case here. I am an avid listener of audiobooks, as in there is NEVER a time when I'm not listening to SOMETHING but unfortunately, in this instance I was unable to even get through the first few chapters because Miss Lake's "narration" was so disjointed, uncomfortable, unemotional & honestly just completely lacked of ANY inflection or feeling whatsoever that it was a TOTAL distraction from the story itself.
There have only been a handful of times in the YEARS I have been listening to audiobooks where I've felt the narration was so completely distracting that I had no choice but to turn the book off & unfortunately, Miss Lake's book was one of those times. As a matter of fact, she was the first & as of yet the only narration read by the author themselves where this has occurred.
I should have heeded the warnings of the other reviewers that experienced this same issue but I've always liked Ricki Lake & genuinely wanted to hear her story. I mistakenly thought, how bad could it be? It's HER OWN STORY & she is a professional actress after all. I heard how bad it could be, pretty darn bad.