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  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

  • By: Aimee Bender
  • Narrated by: Aimee Bender
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 234

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Going to Read the Actual Book

  • By Victoria on 07-11-10


1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-10

It's amazing to me that this got so many good reviews. The premise is absolutely ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, I am happy to suspend disbelief and entertain fanciful notions if they have some point. What was the point here? A family with strange and pointless special abilities? It goes nowhere.

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  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,447
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,680

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner.

  • By Marius on 01-13-10


2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-10

I just couldn't listen any more. It was just too exhausting. Interesting for awhile but it just took too long to unfold.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful