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Jennifer

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  • Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve Almond
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (29)
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    Steve Almond doesn't just love candy, he unabashedly worships every aspect of confectionary culture, from the creation of an exceptional malt ball through the tragic demise of a badly conceived candy bar, from the emotion-laden memories stirred by a bite of chocolate to his near-drooling anticipation of spotting a new package on the candy shelves.

    inearthsha says: "Pure AudioTruffle, diabetics cautioned"
    "Candy is great but Candyfreak is too over the top"
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    I was so looking forward to this book because I love chocolate and chocolate bars. I almost never voluntarily stop eating them. I only stop because I believe it would be unhealthy to continue. The book does a good job of describing candy and the general candy commercial landscape in the United States and how it got to be this way. And for that I liked the book. The writing was good but therein lies the problem. I found that the story and the content was simply playing second fiddle to the real motivation for the book: creative writing. I felt as if the author so loved writing, and descriptive writing in particular, that he wrote a book. Describe a candy all you want but I rather eat one than read a page about it, especially one that I have never had and may never get to. Good writing serves causes and passions and stories well but I felt as if candy and the author's love of it and his life was merely a handmaiden to the author's real passion - writing. The reader revelled in the writing and I felt that I was witnessing a thespian creative love affair between the writer and the reader. Reading as if one is telling a story is more real than histrionic flamboyant overacting. I would have preferred the reader to tone it down a bit.

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