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tanya

northampton, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • I Was Told There'd Be Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sloane Crosley
    • Narrated By Sloane Crosley
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions-or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character that's aiming for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.

    Eleanor says: "So self-involved"
    "i was told this would be funny"
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    Performance
    Story

    While Sloane Crosley has some moments of bright, shiny humor throughout I was Told There'd Be Cake, mostly the whole book falls flat. I kept waiting for the zinger around the corner but was regularly disappointed. Sloane describing her family's deep av ersion to open flame gave me hope that the rest of the book would be weird and silly. She is a good and capable reader of her own work and i suspect this is what saved much of the book. Overall i found it to be a bit whiny and predictable to listen to a woman of some privilege try and make her story unusual.

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