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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. The many friends I have who are into pleasure, sex, passion and the history and herstory of romantic love
Any additional comments?
this book is definitely a turn on. though its not pornographic or vulgar at all. its about juicy and passionate love. Love that has one main purpose: personal pleasure.
The author describes the evolution and the many faces of this juicy and passionate love by analyzing French literature, documents (such as lover letters) and culture throughout the ages.
I have always found the French culture interesting, and attractive for many reasons, so I found the book interesting for many reasons. This book was more about literature than life, for my taste. But it had a good amount of psychology (which is what I really was after).
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What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
I enjoyed how clearly passionate the author is about French literature and French culture, and may need to revisit some of the works she writes about that I read years ago for school without much interest to get a better appreciation for them. I think that's the sign of critical writing and nonfiction, when it makes you want to delve deeper into the subject matter.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Overall the narrator had a voice that was well suited to the subject, and I enjoyed listening to her.
There was something weird going on with the sound editing, like they did a second round of recording under completely different conditions and individual words and phrases were edited into the main track later so you'll occasionally get a lull and then a short phrase that sounds completely different. It was distracting and very noticeable whenever it occurred, but the narrator is strong overall and it didn't happen so often that I couldn't focus on the content.
Any additional comments?
This is definitely a more literary look at French romance than historical, anthropological, or sociological. Even the section focused more on published personal letters and biographical experience treat the first hand accounts like works of literature instead of historical documents. The author's field of expertise is literature, so there are some times when the historical context or broader analysis would not hold up to more serious academic scrutiny-- her reliance on outdated Freudian psychology in one section, and heavy 20th century bias on sexual identity and homosexuality in another, come to mind as a couple big examples.
It was easier to follow what was happening when listening to the sections in which I had some previous contextual knowledge from other books.
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