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I have traveled the world and read an array of travel essays. This book unfortunately did not capture me nor draw me in.
Would you try another book from Sarah Marquis and Stephanie Hellert - Translator and/or Emily Lawrence?
What could Sarah Marquis and Stephanie Hellert - Translator have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
It read too much like a dry, unemotional journal where she took her notes from her travels and just put them in sentence form. I'm not sure how it could have been changed to make it more enjoyable. It just seemed "off" overall to me.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Lawrence?
Anyone but her. I did not like her monotone breathiness at all. It made me felt completely detached from the experiences the author had. I could not connect to the story because of the narrator.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The redeeming quality is that normally I am drawn to this type of book and experience. I thought how can I go wrong with this book? The cover art is the best thing about it unfortunately.
Like listening to someone tell me about their holiday rather that a deep or immersive story. I found the narrator's sleepy tone a bit fake. But it was enjoyable enough to keep listening.
I have actually already read the print copy but I felt compelled to listen to it again on audible. The story is one that has profoundly affected my life previously and while the narrators Voice takes a little warming to, I was not disappointed at all that I spent the extra credit in revisiting this magical tale of an extraordinary woman‘s journey.
With her profound insights into so many things I hold dear, this book is more than just another adventure story.
I can highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys insights into the human spirit, independent adventuring or simply learning about other cultures that is seldom glimpsed in traditional travels.
Allow yourself to be swept away for hours and take forward with you an insight into your own possibilities.
A truly exceptional human being and a wonderful addition to any audiobook library.
Thank you Sarah!