The reader is good (though a bit odd in the first 10-15 minutes), the boook is well written, but the story itself drags on for too long (no fault of the author). This biography reminded me of reading Einstein's biography. The "hero(s)" attain(s) stardom early in life and then one is finding it hard to get motivated reading about the humdrum that is the remaining 30 years of their life.
This book is so much better than the gung-ho nonsense that is so often peddled under the auspices of 'self help' or 'self confidence'. It deals with the causes and the symptoms in a practical and empathetic manner.
The simple reason for the book's success is that it is written by an experienced nurse. She knows what she's talking about and has a practical bedside manner.
She talks at one stage of Shyness being a gift. At first I thought 'hand on a minute!' But she does make some valid points and, cynic though I am, I did finish listening to that section feeling more confident about the way my mind works and who I am.
What was REALLY nice about the book was that I was not compelled to change and be something I'm not. It is OK to be a bit shy - that's part of me. And that, again, made me feel more confident!
Either way with some practice I have felt a lot better about myself, less shy and very grateful to nurse Ruth (even though she has a man's voice in this audio book!)