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.
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.
I can't review the whole book because I couldn't finish it. Why don't people do voice checks before they read their own works? It may be a really good book but the decision the author had to read it, probably ruined her chances of this being a literary success.
It dragged. And dragged. And dragged. I think the story line was unique, but there was nothing there to capture me, nothing that made me want to keep listening. Add with that the reader's bland, intonation-less, and grating voice, and I simply couldn't finish.
I listened to this audiobook because it was touted as a great summer read during a review of books on a morning show, but now I do not believe the person speaking about this book ever actually read it. The book appears to have started as a great idea, but never developes and in the end the reader is left with more questions than answers. Possibly, there was a deadline to meet. The naration is also hard to listen to. I feel, professional narators should always be used to read to us.