I so wanted to love this book. What an interesting premise, wonderful material... yet so poorly executed. I agree with previous reviews that this book needed a more attentive editor and a professional reader. (I enjoy autobiographies read by the authors, but otherwise it adds nothing, certainly a very poor choice in this case.) A nine year-old with the entirety of her experience in California cannot possibly imagine fields in Kansas and Nebraska. The author tries very hard to convey the overwhelming confusion of a child trying to cope with adult emotions she is forced to taste and consume, but fails to consistently represent the child's experience and point of view. What a waste. This manuscript was not nearly polished enough to have been published.
It's amazing to me that this got so many good reviews. The premise is absolutely ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, I am happy to suspend disbelief and entertain fanciful notions if they have some point. What was the point here? A family with strange and pointless special abilities? It goes nowhere.
Yes, the narration if horrible, but I am mostly disappointed in a story that went absolutely nowhere and takes 8 hours to do it. Imagine being stuck on a detour that loops in circles with no scenic stimulation all day! We are led by characters with no depth and as far as I can tell, no redeeming qualities. I didn't care about anyone. Bender's hook was great and as such, obviously her agent and publisher believed it was enough. Too bad so many trees were killed to make this a "bestseller." I'm glad at least my misery was an easily deletable download.
the narrator was the writer herself, she should just stick to writing, and leave the narrating to the pros. I've listened to more than 20 audio books so far and this is the worst narrating yet, to the point that I am not really interested in listening to it, which is a shame cause the story seem intriguing... I will finish it eventually since I paid for it, but it could have been much better with a proper narrator.
While the story is interesting. It is very hard to listen to. There are SO MANY I,she,he "saids" that it seems like that is all that the you hear
I listen to too many audio books; love about 80% of them. History, historic fiction, biography, fantasy and science fiction are favorites.
My wife loved this book, so I tried it. Fool that I am, I failed to notice that it was "read by the author." Bender might be a good author, but her reading made the book sound like classified ads.
Authors reading their own books. Isn't there a proposition against that in California?
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
I'm not sure it's fair to be irritated with an author because they didn't write the book that I wanted to read, but that may be warranted with The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Rose Edelstein's ability to taste the emotions of the person who prepared her food was initially very interesting to me; I thought of it as a type of synesthesia and was looking forward to seeing how Aimee Bender explored the subject. That plot line gets dropped about halfway through the book; then the real strangeness starts, and the book becomes Rose's brother's story.
The only reason I remotely enjoyed this book was because of this one line, a statement by Rose's mother, "Sometimes, she said mostly to herself, I feel I do not know my children"..."That she might not actually know us seemed the humblest thing a mother could admit." I've been thinking about this a lot recently as my children have grown up and left home. We feel as if we know them so well as children because we willingly tend to all their physical and emotional needs over 18 years or so, and know so many aspects of their lives and thoughts, but lately I've had to remind myself that I need to know them as the adults they are currently and are becoming
The premise seemed interesting, but the development of the story was so slow, so painful, that I lost interest.It took forever to learn that there was more to the story than the girl tasting people's emotions, and if I hadn't been doing something that was really interesting while listening, I think I would have quit. The family's other "skills" hardly showed up until the end. I love description, when it's done right, but in this book, I thought the details were tedious. I do not recommend this book.
I don't know what was worse, the miserable narration... almost in a monotone, or the story that dragged on and on.... I kept thinking, please end and put me out of my misery! To make it worse... it was a depressing read.... yuck!
I am a college composition instructor, and reading is extremely important to me.
This book MAY be tolerable, but the author's reading of it is NOT. In fact, I don't know if I disliked the story or just her voice. Don't choose this; I listen to various types of books, and I couldn't listen to this.