The Last Days of Cafe Leila
Book Review - The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
When I read the description of this book, I thought it would be one I'd love, like really love...one of those books that you recommend to people for years to come. I think it could have been one of those books but I chose to listen to it via Audible and the narrator just wasn't doing it for me. I think there may have been some weird editing issues, I'm not convinced that it was the performer herself. There were pauses in odd places and it lacked flow (almost as if the performer hadn't read the book ahead of time?) When I thought just about the words being spoken, it is clear the author is a gifted writer. I think anyone who reads the actual book will absolutely love this story. But I just couldn't get into it - the performance was just too jarring.
This is the description I read that hooked me:
I'm really bummed I chose to listen to this one on Audible, I always know it is a risk when I listen to a book instead of reading it. Of course my first choice is always to read the book, but when I spend 8 hours a week on the road, the best way to pass time is to listen to a book. So if you're reading this and wondering whether it is worth your time to pick this one up, I think it is. If you've read this book and have great feedback, let me know! I did love the story, the characters were intriguing, and the description of the Iranian food and culture was absolutely beautiful. Maybe I'll come back to this one later and give it another go.
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