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.
I agree with others this was by far the worst book i have listened to thus far. The monotone reading along with the dullness of the story left me wondering how this book ever made it through publishing. I also wish i could get a refund. I would not suggest this book to anyone.
Say something about yourself!
Imagine tasting food and having the flavor overwhelmed by the emotions of the preparer. This is the story of a young girl who has this gift (or curse) and the effect it has on her live. It begins when her depressed mother wants her to taste a lemon cake, and each bite is unbearably sad. It is also the more involved tale of a dysfunctional but oddly gifted family. The premise is interesting, but even as fiction becomes very difficult to understand the brother's difficulties. In addition, a reader other than the author may have been able to bring the characters to life, making them more compelling.
I'm so glad I ignored the reviews on this one! I don't give 5/5 very often, but the book really captured my attention and imagination. I found the pace to be perfect for a story about a supposedly ordinary family, and those little absurd surprises kept me turning the pages (so to speak). I enjoy books that are narrated by the authors; it brings you closer to the intentions of the characters. In this case too, the low key narration left a lot for the listener to fill in.
I am listening to this book at the moment and am enjoying it. I'm glad I already downloaded it before reading the discouraging reviews as I'm sure they would have disuaded me from choosing this book which would have been a shame. l have favourite narrators but I also like to have variety of content and narration. Take the opprotunity to preview the narrator and give this book a chance.
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!
Excellent Story - author reads adequately - I listen to books not necessarily to be entained by the reader but to hear the story and I found the reader was fine and had adquate voice fluxuations for the stories tone. With the word "sadness" in the title you can guess it is a bit on the darker side. This was one of the better stories I have listed to this year.
I wish I had had the benefit of these reviews before I purchased and started listening to this book.
My first bit of irratation come from listening to Aimee Bender's annoying voice. I was at first hopeful that she was just going to read the dedication and intro info but then when I realized that she would be reading the entire book, I became particularly sad.
This sadness has become more pronounced as I continue to listen - I am two hours into the eight hour book and still cannot get interested. The plot is minimal, the writing style unisteresting. If there were a way to get my money refunded, I would ask for it on this book. I think I will just put it to the side and read something else.
Please, listen to the sample and read the other reviews before purchasing this book.
I know this is a favorite with critics (or at least what I've read) but to me, it was a little bit of a letdown. I had just listened to Shantaram so it was such a slower pace and perhaps I was just not ready for such a leap in tempo. I believe it's read by the author and I really wish the author's would leave the narration to the professionals. The low key voice in this book didn't help. However, I was engaged until all the sudden the book just ended. I realize that a point was made but it was so abrupt that I felt cheated.
At first I had a very difficult time listening to the narration; the narrators voice was so grating and her inflections jarring. After awhile the story became so adsorbing that I realized it wasn't bothering me any more and indeed, I felt it was appropriate to the character. I didn't like the ending- it was a little bit hard to swallow; and that is why I gave it four out of five stars.