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This is fascinating information and author Eric Klinenberg made a lot of talk show appearances when the book came out. He makes a persuasive case that living alone has become a popular and often perfectly satisfying choice for millions. On the other hand, Going Solo demonstrates that recitations of statistics do not translate well into audio, and a rather stentorian reading turns the experience into something like a grad school lecture.
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I found the content interesting and fairly well-balanced. Still, you can't help but get the impression that the author is disapproving or pessimistic about those who live alone. Probably the most distracting features were his detailed physical descriptions of the females he interviewed yet very brief descriptions of the men. What difference does it make what those folks looked like, and why the need to be so unbalanced about it anyway?
The performance left something to be desired. Overall, this book was clearly read with good inflection etc. However, I found the performer to be a bit over the top and stereotyped in his attempt at accents to differentiate when reading quotes. In particular, his attempt at vocalizing as an older African American female was downright cringe-worthy. Also, I have never heard anyone pronounce the acronym AARP as a single word before, and it was amusing and annoying to have him continually repeat "arp, arp" instead of the letters A.A.R.P.
Minor criticisms that should not prevent others from getting some good info out of this book, however.
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