Review: Starvation

  • Title:
    • Starvation
  • Author:
    • Molly Fennig
  • Release:
    • December 21, 2021
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • John Andrew

As far as eating disorders go, I can’t vouch for how authentic this is, as I’ve never known anybody who had one. As a reader, the downward slide of the characters seemed to progress at a believable pace. It allows you to get into the head of the main character and see things from their perspective as their issue develops. The story doesn’t have a happy ending, it has more of a ‘this is my story, and I don’t know how it ends yet’ ending, which I found oddly haunting.

The book does that “then” and “now” back-and-forth method of storytelling, which I can’t stand. It just led to confusion on my part, as I rarely pay attention to chapter headers. I’m sure it would be much less of an issue if you’re reading a physical copy, but for the audiobook, where “then” just blends into the rest of the story, it’s easy to miss.

The narrator is a bit bland. While he’s good at acting out the lines, he fails to give characters distinct voices, making it difficult to tell them apart. When I slowed the audio to 1.0x speed, it sounded as if he was in a large, empty room with an ever-present static in the background that was noticeable at 2.55x speed.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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