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Aline

Fortuna, CA, United States

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  • One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joanne Rocklin
    • Narrated By Lisa Baney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When a mysterious man arrives one day on Orange Street, the children who live on the block try to find out who he is and why he’s there. Little do they know that his story - and the story of a very old orange tree - connects to each of their personal worries in ways they never could have imagined. From impressing friends to dealing with an expanding family to understanding a younger sibling’s illness, the characters’ storylines come together around that orange tree. Taking place over the course of a day and a half, Joanne Rocklin’s masterful novel deftly builds a story about family....

    Aline says: "Incandescent"
    "Incandescent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is perfectly wonderful, sweet and tart like oranges. It is placed in the present day, with real problems children face, some of them serious ones. The performance is perfect This story is acted, not just read. The narrator inhabits the story, telling it in the 23 voices of the characters, including a parrot, and also sings beautifully. Even if you don't often read or listen to "children's books" you will enjoy this one if you appreciate emotional truth, suspense, and perfect endings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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"
    "Particular sadness of reading a disappointing book"
    Overall

    The premise seemed interesting, but the development of the story was so slow, so painful, that I lost interest.It took forever to learn that there was more to the story than the girl tasting people's emotions, and if I hadn't been doing something that was really interesting while listening, I think I would have quit. The family's other "skills" hardly showed up until the end. I love description, when it's done right, but in this book, I thought the details were tedious. I do not recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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