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This is an interesting concept for an audiobook production. A very realistic, non-polished interpretation. The narrator is the author, her voice sounds childish, and I had a difficult time relating. I wonder how this book would read if a more mainstream actor would do the narration. I could not get how this woman was so successful ion the stage, because by the sound of her voice you'd never think she'd make it past the middle school play. I kept thinking "oh, she's doing great, that's just the narrator" and then I would realize the narrator was Sher herself!
The content, however is stunning, a compelling insider's look into the psycho-pathology of a wide range of thought and mood disorders, as well as behavioral dysfunctions. However, Abby Sher has the advantage of substantial economic resources, and is from a culturally advantaged family and one wonders how a less financially endowed person with these challenges would fare in the current economic climate and job scarcity.
I would have given this book 5 stars but Sher's reading seems to stay in the "juvenile" registers, i.e. the reading sounds like "baby talk" a lot of the time, and with a lisp thrown in for good measure! She can't help the lisp, but the baby talk could have been dialed back. She also persists, throughout the book, in singing her favorite songs, which become endless, way beyond the requirements of giving texture and mood to the production. She even sings lengthy tunes purposely off pitch when imitating other characters. I guess, in a word, Abby Sher just seems odd, strange, and a few ants short of a picnic.
But still, this was an excellent read, and held my attention, even though I had to fast-forward through all the singing and all the obsessive-compulsive prayer.
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