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What was one of the most memorable moments of Ugly?
When the author says he's done.
Any additional comments?
I was confused and elated. I thought the book was going to be a journey in healing. I came to the conclusion that there was so much normalcy in the way he was raised (Bravo to his entire family-it takes a village) and how he dealt with life's ugliness toward himself that there really was no story about ugly that I could pick out. It was just a memoir. An interesting memoir.
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I listened to the audiobook edition of this autobiography. When I realised that it was narrated by the author, I was a little nervous. Narrating an audiobook is more than just reading aloud and often authors don't quite cut it as voice actors. Well, I was impressed. Not only could Robert write an engaging memoir, he could articulate well via audio too. He spoke clearly and gave his story an authentic Aussie feel.
I read a lot of fiction, so I saw Robert as a character in his own story. I found him to be likable and relatable. I might not have been born with a tumor on my face, but I also faced schoolyard bullies, grew up in Australia, loved reading as a kid, felt nervous as a teenager talking to the opposite sex and fell in love. Robert was able to share his life story with a dose of self-depreciating humour and bring out my Aussie instinct to barrack for the underdog.
I found hearing about the ins and out of living with a physical disability very interesting. I spent the last few years working with people who have a disability, though most of them had intellectual disabilities and weren't able to share their feelings and experiences as eloquently as Robert.
I often find it difficult to review an autobiography, to be able to separate my opinion of the person from my opinion of their writing style. In this case, I was impressed with both. I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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The author is warm and engaging throughout - it feels like hearing stories from a good friend. (And his voice is lovely!) Often funny, sometimes sad, sometimes thought-provoking but always with a certain endearing charm. Just a delight to listen to and a great storyteller.