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With Debus III you come to know you will get people. You will be taken inside them. You will inhabit their lives and see through their eyes. But you will also feel the torpor of their loins and the fatigue in their muscles and you will bear the harpies in their heads and be enlisted to shoulder the burden of their souls. When he takes you down the lanes of these fucked up people, which we all are, that empathy he feeds you can be a very bitter pill. Maybe that best sums up Andre Debus III's writing for me, NO SUGAR COATING. And when your medicine is being administered - all his characters struggle with their medicine - you think, a little sugar might go along way. But he's unrelenting in his eye of honesty. And in his own voice reading it to you like so much truth upon truth, it all wounds and heals at the same time. There were moments in this book where I felt I couldn't go on. But by the end, it had ended far too soon, as Crazy Love always does.
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Where does Dirty Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Dubus is an excellent writer and these stories explore all manner of nuances of human relationships.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
But Dubus is not an actor. He would be perfectly fine to listen to for an hour were he to give a reading; but he cannot be expected to read an entire book the way a good actor would. The reading interfered with my enjoyment of the excellent prose.
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