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Jim Dale is a genius

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-31

Jim Dale is incredible. I listen to these books over and over and his rendition is virtually flawless. The only hiccup in this volume is that Phineas Nigellus’ voice is not the same as in the other books.

It may win you over

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-10-30

Halfway through this book, I was considering giving it up. Their whiney high school tales weren't stimulating me, & their earliest recordings I found actually painful at times to listen to. By the end, I was glad I'd stuck through it. The end is the best, story and music. It's amazing how much their voices improved by the time they were signed. I genuinely enjoyed listening to the last recordings. If you love Tegan & Sarah, you'll enjoy this book. If you enjoy tales of juvenility or coming of age, you may enjoy it too. If neither, push through. It may win you over.

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Michelle Is A Hard Act To Follow

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-29

My review will be very similar to the other here. I think Kamala is an excellent candidate, and I was excited to read (listen to) this book, but I unfortunately found it tough to get through. I'll say first that I just finished Michelle Obama's book, and so perhaps it's a classic case of "hard act to follow", but I can pinpoint what was lacking. First, I know Kamala is a busy lady, but the narration sounded very, very rushed. Secondly, her voice lacked a lot of emotion to me. I sensed more of a wry smile than genuine feeling and warmth the whole way through. Thirdly, perhaps her mouth wasn't close enough to the microphone, but it never felt like she was talking "to" me. Rather above or around me. Michelle took her time with her narration, put her heart into it, and it felt like she was speaking into my ear. I found myself pressing the "30 seconds forward" button a lot with this book by Kamala at moments where it felt impersonal or uninspired and still unlike she was even talking to me. There were also moments I enjoyed, or that clearly demonstrated her capacity to be a great progressive leader "for the people", but I just can't leave it a great review. She didn't hand it to me with her soul.

Incredible

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-08-21

One of the best stories I’ve come across. This book should be a film. Perfect narration. Tara, YOU are amazing.