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What made the experience of listening to Straight Pepper Diet the most enjoyable?
Joseph's transformation from degenerate to spiritually enlightened is inspiring. He is so honest, so vulnerable and open to judgment, it's truly admirable. It doesn't matter that he'll disgust you at first because you will be able to empathize with the circumstances that led him to deplorable behavior, and you will be proud of him when he frees himself from it.
What other book might you compare Straight Pepper Diet to and why?
I've read other memoirs about addiction and transformation, but nothing like this. SPD made me feel a gamut of positive and negative emotions, which is what books should do.
What does Joseph W. Naus bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Having the story read by the author makes him feel very real, like I was one of his friends or exes. It was great to have his voice contribute to the overall picture of the narrator. His honest thoughts in his own voice maintain the story's authenticity and, again, make him real and likable.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I expected to hate this book. I bought it because I was married to someone like Joseph and I wanted to understand him better. In the end, I don't know if it helped me with that--my ex may very well be a sociopath and Joseph is not-- but I found value in the story anyway. I would read it again and strongly recommend it if you like memoirs.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
No doubt this story is a crazy one but the details he goes into make me question whether it's the truth or simply his fantasy becoming real in his own mind. The details of exactly what people said 10 years ago while under the influence makes me wonder as I know there is no way I could recollect such things. He also describes himself as picking up women constantly, a bad ass in martial arts, and successful attorney from day one. Then downplays it with some self-deprecating story. Totally a "humblebrag" so not a big fan of Joseph the person. Yet the story was a fun (probably not the right word) read even if I thought it contained a lot of fiction. Oh, and the music when he was about to have sex was annoying.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful