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Carla

Pasadena, CA, USA

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  • Like Water for Chocolate

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura Esquivel
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    Tita is the youngest daughter of Mama Elena, the tyrannical owner of the De la Garza ranch. As the youngest, she is expected to remain single and stay at home to care for her mother. So when Tita falls in love, Mama Elena arranges for Tita's older sister to marry Tita's young man.

    Linda says: "A delicious story"
    "Aspiration Falls Flat"
    Overall

    Like Water for Chocolate was a big disappointment. Though the author aspired to several different levels, she falls flat on each. There was little whimsy, no real cultural feel, and no character development. The plot was minimal. The book seemed to be a thought in the author's mind, which she never took the time to flesh out so that it could be written coherently.
    The book is simply silly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (704)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "A Long Read"
    Overall

    I'm not a fan of novels, but felt an urge to hear a mystery that would keep me listening. Instead I found the novel tedious. One third of the book could have easily been edited with no loss to the story.
    The narration was fine; the piano music, written specifically for the book by the author, was over the top.
    I wouldn't recommend the book.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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