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In this exquisitely written new audiobook by the author of A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our lives out of stories, and how we are connected by empathy, by narrative, by imagination. In the course of unpacking some of her own stories - of her mother and her decline from memory loss, of a trip to Iceland, of an illness - Solnit revisits fairytales and entertains other stories: about arctic explorers, Che Guevara among the leper colonies, and Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein, about warmth and coldness, pain and kindness, decay and transformation, making art and making self. Woven together, these stories create a map which charts the boundaries and territories of storytelling, reframing who each of us is and how we might tell our story.
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By S. Earle on 02-29-16
Great Book - Author shouldn't read it
Would you listen to The Faraway Nearby again? Why?
I'd love to, but I don't think I cold listen to the author reading it again.
What other book might you compare The Faraway Nearby to and why?
It's a unique story
What didn’t you like about Rebecca Solnit’s performance?
The author could benefit from working with a vocal coach. The intonation of her voice is monotonous and she speaks through her nose and mouth, so the voice was muddy, nasally, and drone-like. It sounded like she had a cold. All G's were pronounced hard - as in 'talking' became 'talkink'. So many words in the English language end in 'g' - this vocal quirk became distracting and ultimately annoying (or as would be read, "distractink" and "addoyink". I almost stopped listening when she clearly struggled to pronounce the word "numbing".
For such a brilliantly written book, it was surprising and extremely disappointing to listen the the stuffy, noisy and flat reading of of this immensely creative book. What was especially surprising was that these issues could have been remedied with vocal coaching, which should have occurred upon the first trial readings!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Susan on 06-11-17
My favorite writer/poet/prose artist!
Would you consider the audio edition of The Faraway Nearby to be better than the print version?
I love hearing this woman's lilting voice as she reads her own written words.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The entire book is beautiful, emotional, insightful, lovely.
What does Rebecca Solnit bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her voice. The depth of emotion comes through as her truth, which is an additional dimension to the story. Lovely and visionary.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
This woman is amazing. Highly intellectual, yet more than anything, insightful and spiritual. Thank you, Rebecca.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful