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.
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.
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.
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.