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  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Aimee Bender
    • Narrated By Aimee Bender
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

    Victoria says: "I'm Going to Read the Actual Book"
    "Partucularly Sad Lemons"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Island: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Denice Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (54)

    Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess's lavish wedding, from the floating dance floor in her Connecticut back yard to the color of the cocktail napkins. Like any mother of a bride-to-be, she is weathering the storms of excitement and chaos, tears and joy. But Birdie, a woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility, could never have predicted the late-night phone call from Chess, abruptly announcing that she's cancelled her engagement.

    Christian says: "OMG this was the worst narrator!"
    "Too many exclaimation points"
    Overall

    Good story and I liked the characters. It was hard to overcome the way Denice Hicks reads though. It was at though there was an exclaimation point at the end of every sentence and some sentences held two or three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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