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Natalie

Gaythorne, Australia | Member Since 2011

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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
    (377)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (126)

    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"
    "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Firoozeh Dumas
    • Narrated By Firoozeh Dumas
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    In the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

    Sara says: "Sigh"
    "A listening pleasure"
    Overall

    I just finished listening to Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent and I so enjoyed the books, especially the narration, that I just wanted to let people know that these are great books to listen to. Firoozeh's narration adds another layer to the stories and is especially good when she imitates her mother. So many of the stories crossed all cultural lines and I recognised much of the quirkyness described in the books in my own Australian family. I look forward to her next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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