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What could Sarah Knight have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Get someone else to narrate it
Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Knight’s performances?
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
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I really wanted to like this book, I mean come on, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a ****?. You gotta love it. But I had to stop after 30 minutes and here are the four reasons why.
1. The author, Sarah Knight, goes to great pains to explain how her book was inspired by Marie Kondo and her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and how her book was modeled after it. I am a great fan of Marie Kondo's book and this claim is one reason I decided to try Ms. Knight's book. I will just say, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Ms. Kondo need not be flattered.
2. I found that I already don't give a ****. I mean, if this was a college course I would have passed with honors. In fact, I could have written the book, well if it wasn't for the words and the actual writing part, but I could have come up with the concept for it. She didn't impart anything to me that I didn't already know.
3. The narrator (also the author) has a serious case of "vocal fry". For those who don't know what vocal fry is think Britney Spears or the Kardashians. “Vocal fry” is that guttural growl at the back of the throat, as a Valley girl might sound if she had been shouting herself hoarse at a rave all night. The less charitable refer to it privately as painfully nasal, and to young women in conversation sounding like ducks quacking. “Vocal fry” has joined more traditional young-women voice mannerisms such as run-ons, breathiness and the dreaded question marks in sentences (known by linguists as uptalk). Anyway, I could probably have lived with it if the the information being imparted transcended the annoying voice mannerism, but it did not.
4. At some point about a half hour in the author gives some examples of what she gives a **** about and what she doesn't give a **** about. Three examples:
1 - Don't give a **** - A nuclear Iran. Give a **** - Climate Change
2 - Don't give a **** - College Football. Give a **** - Campus Rape
3 - Don't give a **** - The Pope. Give a **** - Reese Witherspoon's latest Instagram
It was at this point I decided I didn't give a **** and gave up.
117 of 133 people found this review helpful
I got the gist of the audiobook in 30 mins. I wish I had followed her advice to give less f*cks but I continued to listen for another 1 hour. There is no substance and it was unnecessarily drawn out. Oh the irony. #sorrynotsorry.
33 of 37 people found this review helpful