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What made the experience of listening to Dakini Power the most enjoyable?
Each life story was so unique and so inspiring. I felt that every biography was a gem waiting to be discovered, and I found myself listening longer than I had intended, each time, simply so that I could continue to hear more.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
The book is far too long to listen to in one sitting, but I sometimes found myself listening to a whole biographical portrait/chapter at once (which was longer than I'd planned, on more than one occasion) simply because the narratives were too fascinating to stop.
Any additional comments?
The book does suffer from some significant drawbacks. One, there are no portraits of women of color and no mention of this oversight. Additionally, there is no insightful discussion of the Tibetan traditional practice of the lama and his wife -- the female partner gaining status and insight through marriage, which would have been very helpful since many of the women in this book are in such traditional Tibetan Buddhist arrangements. It would have been very helpful to have had a deeper context spiritually, historically, and culturally -- and also to have had some background on the struggles, potentially, faced by women who forge ahead solo, without an 'enlightened' male companion.
There were times I felt that the author was so enchanted by aspects of her subject's life that she simply did not or could not ask questions that would have illuminated much of the story, and this was to the detriment of the book, overall. I felt this most markedly in the chapter on Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel -- to me, it felt as if the author was so enraptured by the glamor (spiritually, romantically, materially, and narratively) that she did not do her job as a writer here, at all.
That said, I simply loved the book, overall. I found the narrator to be unique in her manner of reading and would enjoy hearing her again, but she seems only to have read a rather odd series of detective books, at this point. I hope she reads more books like this one! (Actually, I hope there would BE more books like this one!