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I waited so excited about this book and what few chapters I could get through were just awful! The same info is repeated over and over in different ways. This has to be one of the worst books I've ever purchased from audible. RUN!!!
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She's been romanticized on the screen in made for TV movies and documentaries that speculate on her inner life, but this book reveals her as a very superficial social climber, almost completely solipsistic, bitter and unenlightened. For that reason, this is a rather depressing listen. Very little time is given to her life as a child, so we really don't have a very solid background explaining why she might have turned out this way -- except that she was a middle class girl raised among a much wealthier social milieu. Edward was her willing slave -- though why he was so taken with her and loved her to the last in spite of her bitchiness is another mystery that remains unexplored by this book. The book does give an excellent picture of the nature of their relationship and the shortcomings of both individuals. Just don't expect an uplifting story or sympathetic characters in this book; you will get neither.
The narrator left much to be desired. Her lilting accentuation was irritating, with subtly operatic tendencies that didn't match the words being read. This isn't my preferred style of narration. Her range of expression is quite limited, but she seems to run through the whole range of it within a few sentences.
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