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.
The premise is intriguing and original.
This audiobook should serve as a cautionary tale for authors who want to narrate their own books. There is more to an audiobook performance than simply reading the written words aloud. The flat narration makes the book seem dull and one-dimensional. It's difficult to hear a distinction between characters, and makes an otherwise interesting premise much less engaging.
I could not get through this one. I tried very hard because it's my book group's book but just couldn't finish it. If I had to hear she said, he said, I said one more time I would have thrown the CDs out the window. There wasn't anything interesting in this book. I've belonged to Audible for years and have never downloaded a book I couldn't finish until this one! I'm almost inclined to ask Audio for my credit back!
The book is certainly different,interesting and very worth a listen.If you are looking for mainstream, dont look here.
Main female character because she is complicated and simple at the same time
no , neither it made me keep rewinding to get my head around the storyline
It is a story which is very good but when transfered to Audio Book it is a bit weird.
The story was strange but it did pull you in and keep your attention.
I really enjoyed the descriptiveness of the writer.
Oooooh cake! You might say, and pick this book up on a lark. I implore you to put it back down, quickly. Or if you haven't pressed the download button yet, stop. I was first put off by the overly precious title. The overwhelming number of previous reviews have already pointed out the almost unlistenable tone and pacing of the author's narration. On top of that, however, I found it absurd that even while reading her own writing I noticed that she put the emphasis on the wrong words, or paused at strange moments, as if she were reading an unfamiliar piece for the first time. It was completely distracting. Add to this the constant drone of "he said, she said", and the tempo and pace of the dialogue is lost in all the clumsy words. Don't even get me started on the ridiculous premise of the book, and the inscrutable nature of Joseph's "gift", which I never was quite able to figure out. I have never been quite so upset about wasting a credit as I am with this book.
I started listening to this book and at first was very put off by the voice of the author/narrator. I then looked back and read the Audible reviews and found I was not the only one with this initial reaction. Fortunately, my husband encouraged me to 'give it one more commute'. Thankfully I listened to both him and the book for one more day on my trek from Orange County to LA. I soon got hooked, began caring about the characters, the plot and found myself looking forward to getting in my car every day. (Don't tell anyone I said that!) If you have the patience to get beyond the intial slowness of the book, you will be rewarded!
The only reason why I even finished this book was that I was heading out on a 15 hour road trip by myself. The narration is monotone, which makes it difficult to stay engaged. The story, though initially intriguing, veers off in other directions - it honestly felt like it could've made an excellent short story or novella, but there wasn't quite enough there to fill out a novel.