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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
No, it might have been had a professional read the book. It's a rare talent and generally authors don't have it. This is an example. It sounded like "pressured speech". Barbara Kingsolver, Simon Winchester, Alexander McCall-Smith and John Le Carre' can do it, but most authors should leave it to the professionals
Would you be willing to try another book from Charles M. Blow? Why or why not?
Definitely YES, if he did not read it.
What didn’t you like about Charles M. Blow’s performance?
The pace/cadence. Again, it seemed like "pressured speech. Way too slow and the sentences did not flow appropriately.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I don't think so. It might depend on the cast.
Any additional comments?
I've listened to over 900 books in the past several years and I've come to appreciate what a talent "performing" a book is.
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I am a fan of Charles Blow and rate him among my top three columnists. His memoir was moving, revelatory and told with great candor. And while I was very drawn to his story, I agree with the other reviewers who found his personal narration detracted from, rather than enhanced my enjoyment of the book. The exception was when he assumed the voice of another person. Quality narration of audiobooks is a special talent. That is one area of control that most writers should be persuaded to relinquish. That was certainly the case here. However, the memoir is great. I would recommend it to friends, with the caveat that they read, rather than listen to it. Well done.
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