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A Certain Hunger

Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Eat Pray Love meets American Psycho in a seductive and sinister debut literary thriller. 

Food critic Dorothy Daniels indulges in her homicidal urges by murdering her lovers and devouring their organs in this intense, visceral, and lushly told tale of food, sex, power, and the pursuit of a very particular taste set between New York and Italy.

©2019 Chelsea G. Summers (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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A man-eating journey of self-discovery
"Based on the promotional pitch for this new Audible Original—"Eat Pray Love meets American Psycho"—A Certain Hunger could have been written just for me. But so loud was the collective gasp in the room when the project was announced, it’s clear a lot of us were hungry for the story of a female cannibal on a self-actualizing voyage of homicidal hedonism. Chelsea G. Summers’s debut novel follows food writer Dorothy Daniels—the epicurean lovechild of Elizabeth Báthory and the vampire Lestat, if they were fluent in New York media and wrote Nabokovian prose—on a lascivious romp from the cocktail bars of Manhattan to the truffle-hiding hills of Italy. Somewhere along the way, she’s landed herself in prison; perhaps it has to do with her (literal) taste in men? Provocative and very funny, A Certain Hunger is narrated by veteran performer Hillary Huber—just the right icing for this bloody, decadent cake."
Kat J., Audible Editor

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The perfect brain candy book

A Certain Hunger was the literary equivalent to a car wreck on the side of the highway: you know it's grisly stuff, but you can't pry yourself away from it. Dorothy Daniels is deliciously heinous: like Dostoevsky's Raskolnikov but without the fevered conscience, like Camus's Meursault but with a taste for more victims than a couple of Arabs, like Süskind's Grenouille but leading a life of decadence, instead of seeking the innocence not-yet-lost. At times, you will be repulsed and yet, sympathize with the protagonist.
This book is well-written and well-narrated, made you see, feel, understand, and taste the innermost emotions and thoughts of a psychopath. The very implausibility of it makes it a compelling read and takes one into a world where the sense of taste overrides any moral code. I'd say it must be one of the weirdest books I have ever read, but I enjoyed it immensely.

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Delicious!

Truly compelling, funny, outrageous and clever. I loved it. Summers' prose style is just excellent. A great listen and will make for a great read, too!

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Fabulous

I’ve been dying to listen to this and it’s so smart, so good, so much fun, so very wrong in all the right ways. Recommended!

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Sinister and yet oh so appealing

The author has a perchance for the macabre and that skill set is on full display as we live, breathe and become intoxicated by her heroine. I found myself chuckling while marveling at how beautiful the language is. Listen to this book!!! 5 STARS.

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A delicious tale ... not for the faint of heart

This is NOT your average story. It's a salacious tale of murder, excess, female friendships, cannibalism, GenX America, sex, and the world of food writing. The story is tight and perfectly hooked to keep you listening for more. The prose is luxurious with details, and even print media gets treated with orgasmic delight.

If you're into sex, food, revenge, and the kind of writing that'll get you drooling, this is for you. But beware, there's murder. Lots of very cheerfully written murder. You won't look at food the same way again.

The narrator navigates it all with aplomb and superb Italian pronunciation.

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Laughed so much, was kicked out of the Quiet Car

Is it strange to find a tale about a cannibal serial killer deeply funny? But this book IS hilarious, and although its protagonist is a sociopath, you come away from the novel wanting to go out for drinks with her, if not a full meal.

Speaking of the meals, her victims aside, I learned so much about Italian food and wine, as well as the Italy's Slow Food movement, kosher beef, regional Italian cooking, and much more.

The reader is fantastic too.

Five forking stars!

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Darkly Compelling

I have a very, very vivid imagination. It's both a curse and blessing -- I often find books more compelling than movies because I can visualize them so deeply. Chelsea's work is visceral for me. If you like your murder and vivisection with a literary cadence (and a pro/antagonist you frankly sympathize with), this novel is totally your jam.

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Despentes’ sophisticate NYC sister

This is the deepest fantasy of the English professor who rolled her eyes at your plebeian submissions and also her unsatisfactory lot in life.

Dorothy knows good food and righteous anger, mostly at being underestimated by men beneath her own exacting standards. So she eats them. Look, I’m not the best book reviewer and I signed up for Audible specifically to get this download because I can’t resist a good murder story or a fine meal. If you value Michelin star food, Horror where the women aren’t sacrificed, and an author who forces you to pause to look up words in your dictionary, A Certain Hunger is for you. Hillary Huber’s narration delivers the story in a wry, calm voice that, on a less compelling story, could lull you to sleep. In this? Not a chance. She held my rapt attention every minute and hour. I love this book.

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Absolutely DELICIOUS!

Every provocative second of this expertly written and engaging book is worth your time. The twists and turns are so much fun and the main character, Dorothy Daniels, is both likable and repulsive. The combination makes for a fascinating story that you cannot stop listening to. I finished this book in record time having several moments where I needed to be somewhere, but the book was so good I just kept listening.... I would 100% watch a movie based on this book!

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Satisfying and Entertaining

Loved everything about this. Lush prose, witty, dark, delicious, top notch character arc. Listen immediately.

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  • 11-07-19

Thrilling

This is the memoir of a food writer who killed and ate her lovers. Written with a voice like Anthony Bourdain sashaying in a floor length coat made from the skins of a hundred and one slaughtered boyfriends. The narrator nails it. When I come to read the print version, Huber's is the voice I'll hear in my head rather than one of my own creation.
Told from prison, the story unfolds from murder to murder while weaving in comment on the meat industry, food industry, print industry, sex, straight men, friendship, family and femininity.
Underlying the sheer joy of being a psychopath -- free to indulge in pleasure and power -- is the heartbreak, vulnerability and exhaustion of everyday life.
Summers writes words you feel in your mouth as you read them. I'm not sure if I have been turned off meat or turned on to cannibalism. Saying that,
the gore didn't turn my stomach. The butchery is clean and deliberate, written with thrilling dark humour.
Thrilling from beginning to end.