Ramona Drottoveo, an albino, is a chambermaid at a lush Italian estate. Distinguished by the intoxicating scent she exudes, Ramona is despised by all women and adored by all men, whose inexhaustible lust she eagerly satisfies. Life changes when her husband dies after discovering his bride with another man on their wedding night. Blamed for his death, Ramona and her lover are exiled to the neighboring city of Naples. There, Ramona's life is transformed once again by the birth of a daughter, Blandina, who "steals" her mother's scent.
No longer able to seduce men into blind submission, Ramona humbly returns to the estate to an unexpected welcome - and revenge.
A hilarious and naughty celebration of the senses and the strange places they can lead us, Nectar explores the mystery of sexual attraction and the frivolous nature of divine justice.
©2007 Lily Prior (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This book is unlike anything I've listened to before - it's witty and silly and odd and yet so engrossing. The tone is very unique and is impeccably captured by the narrator, Carol Schneider. The audio experience was such a treat! It had me enthralled throughout. Loved the voices of the characters and the artistry of the narration.
I liked that this story was completely out of the norm and truly in a genre of its own. It was almost like a dirty fairy tale, but with adult themes and a strong literary perspective and voice. There's something so silly and playful about it. The main character is so absolutely terrible, but yet I was so intrigued by the premise of her smell that seduced men beyond control.
Hard to pick a favorite. I really liked when Ramona and her husband arrive in Napole, Italy. The visuals of the town and people really came to life.
The narrator's choice for the lead's voice.
When Ramona realized she didn't have a scent anymore--
Not a clue!
I have to say, my four stars overall would have been five if this were merely a review of the performance. The book itself is a trifle, but somehow I could really start to feel the characters through the narration. The voice of the lead character--a particularly unpleasant and unrelatable girl named Ramona Drottoveo--was a piece of genius; it had such an innocent, girlish tone that belied the seemier details of her character and the book's story as whole. There is not enough psychologically compelling information in the novel to make it more than a diversion; but again, it is amazing how much the narrator was able to glean from the slight story. Incredible!
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