The concept was so intriguing, I just went ahead and bought this. Big Mistake. It is tortuous. The author's voice is so irritating and the story so plodding with the "she said, he said, she said" storytelling style. The only thing interesting about this is that it has become a bestseller despite these enormous flaws. Maybe it reads better than it sounds. I wanted to like it, I really did, but a concept does not necessarily make a good book.
Why would an author think she is a better reader for an audiobook than a trained professional? Her publisher and producer should have had the guts to tell that she's not up to the task. Their honesty might have given this light and somewhat interesting work a chance as an audiobook. Instead, listeners are subject to 8 hours of an annoying monotone. While some snippets of decent writing managed to emerge despite the mangled delivery, the book never seemed to fulfill its early promise. Too bad -- I had high hopes.
This was a case of "Don't judge a book by it's cover." Which, I did. And it tricked me into buying it despite seeing a few negative reviews! The authors reading style leaves a lot to be desired, the characters are frustrating, you feel bad for the main character throughout the entire novel, the ending will have you raging, and overall the idea of this book is a lot better in your head. Don't be fooled by the cake like I was.
I really wanted to like this book and pushed through to the end though several times I wanted to hit the delete button and be done with it. The story is so slow, and desperately sad. The reader was a perfect match to the story content--cold, irritated, depressed. I usually don't write reviews and I generally like the books I get on audible very much, but I had to write one this time. If someone is interested in this book, I would suggest reading it not listening to it and then only if you are in a very, very good mood and willing to be brought down a notch or too. In a word--Sad.
Unlike other reviewers, I liked the author's reading. She speaks clearly and does not over-act the characters. This leaves more to the listener's imagination and calls more attention to the carefully crafted words. However, I advise other customers to try the audio preview to decide for themselves.
The novel itself is one of the best I've read/heard in the past year.
I usually prefer books that are read by a professional reader. In this case, Aimee Bender did a great job reading her own book. After reading this, I catch myself paying more attention to my food!
Didn't like the book. A bit sad to read.
A person turning into furniture.
Ok, not feminine, hard
George. Seemed like a nice guy
Love to read books,but not enough Time
Very Quirky Story. Fun idea.
The relationship between food.
I would suggest more feeling, less monitone.
The story of the foot stool.
First an Foremost, the Author Aimee Bender, should have used a professional voice talent to read the book. Her reading of the book came across as flat and monotone.
Next....Listening to, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, created conflicting emotions for me. I had a hard time with it; hearing about dysfunctional people or families without knowing that there will be a positive outcome is very, very difficult for me. On the other hand, it was much like watching a train wreck, I couldn’t look away.
While not wanting to give away the plot, I will say that it was hard for me to suspend disbelief; I often read fantasy and stories which use magic at their core. To me there were two parts to the story, one of a dysfunctional family delving into the relationships of married parents; the relationship between brother and sister with little in common, and the relationship of the children and their parents. All of the relationships in the story are dysfunctional. The other part of the story is the magical ability of the main character, Rose, who begins the story at the age of 9 and follows through her adolescence and to the age of 22.
While I am glad that I didn’t give up and that I did finish the story it was difficult I would have a very hard time recommending it to others to read or to listen to it. The pace of the story is slow and the characters were often unlikeable. The mother is self-absorbed and wouldn’t win any awards for mother of the year. The father is remote and guarded and not really present in the family. The brother is socially awkward and not written with any depth; he runs through the story more shadowy than any other character. Perhaps, this is deliberate, but I never ‘cared’ about the brother, so his storyline didn’t evoke a response as the plot twists occurred. As a matter of fact, lack of depth of all of the characters is one of the major reasons I wouldn’t recommend this book. All of the characters just seemed flat. By the end of the book the oddities and strangeness of the family makes more sense but it is too little too late.
The most interesting aspect of the story was the concept of intuition regarding inanimate objects.
The least interesting, the character.
Definitely, I am not interested in hearing Aimee Bender reading another offering.
I didn't feel that it was worth my time, I finished it because, well I always finish books either read or listening.