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MY LIFE AS A RAT by Joyce Carol Narrated by Sadie Alexandru

Monday, December 14, 2020 at 12:08PM

What a lovely surprise to stumble upon this kind review of my narration of MY LIFE AS A RAT by Joyce Carol Oates! It is an incredibly important and timely story that I am honored to be a part of. Oscar, wherever you are; I very much appreciate you taking the time. "Overall 5 out of 5 stars Performance 5 out of 5 stars Story 5 out of 5 stars Oscar 06-30-19 Heavy Topics & Satisfying Story Be prepared for some explicit description of date rape. Don’t get me wrong. This is a great audiobook. I listened to the last word. Another great novel by Joyce Carol Oates. I just want to warn people who might be triggered by the topic. Also, there is a hate crime against a young Black man and the POV of the story is from the vantage point of the White family involved. I’m a minority, dark skinned male, and I had moments of not wanting to hear the perspective of the father. Joyce does well to portray such a family. It was very believable. Also, the story is anti patriarchal, but so am I so I didn’t care about all the hyper masculine bashing. Many of the characters, male and female, come off as stereotypical. The plot was well structured and kept me interested. Joyce builds the story like a towering house of cards. You wait for the main character to collapse. I was somewhat satisfied with the ending. It’s worth the listen. Also this performance by Sadie Alexandru was amazing. She didn’t get overly dramatic and her representations were not caricatures. From someone who listens to a lot of audiobooks, some of the performers over perform, as if this medium is not any different than stage or screen performance. But it is. Sadie is aware of audiobook performance and I didn’t break from the story. Other performers overact with their voice and there are times when I can’t finish the book—not because of the story but because of the performer. Sadie did well to know her medium. I highly recommend this audiobook and hope you enjoy as much as I did." #Audiobook #Audiobooknarration #Audible

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