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Life, Death and Vanilla Slices Audiobook

Life, Death and Vanilla Slices

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Publisher's Summary

Jean Collins had two daughters. But she only loved one of them. She knew it was wrong, but she just couldn't help herself. Jess was a little sweetheart, everyone said so. Anne was awkward and serious and not much fun, to be frank.

But now the years have passed. Jess is missing - run off long ago, no one knows where or why. So when Jean is left in a coma after a road accident, it's Anne who travels back up north to sit at her mother's bedside. And she wonders - why did Jean dash out into the road without looking? What distracted her? And why was she carrying a box of vanilla slices, the cream cakes she only ever bought for extra special occasions? Meanwhile there are secrets waiting for Anne and Jean, back at the old family home. Secrets that were buried a long time ago...

©2013 Jenny Eclair (P)2013 Hachette Digital

What the Critics Say

"Of course it's funny, but it's also dark, honest and totally compulsive reading" (Jenny Colgan)

"Very dark and very funny. I had it glued to my face until I'd finished it" (Jo Brand)

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    Saffy 30/09/2013
    Saffy 30/09/2013

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    "Funny, sad and insightful"

    Well this is definitely the funniest, saddest, most insightful book I have listened to this year. It's the kind of book I want to share with all my friends and I want to start listening to all over again! I read and enjoyed Jenny Eclair's 'Camberwell Beauty' many years ago - it's been a long wait for this and it's even better than her debut. I consumed this book greedily over 24 hours and really did not want it to end. Jenny's writing is so insightful, she perfectly captures the two worlds of contemporary middle class south Londoners and working class Lancashire life in the 1960/70s. Jenny Eclair narrates this so well- I was so drawn into the story and loved both of the main characters. If you fancy something different from the current obsession with psychological drama or predictable chick-lit, listen to this. Be prepared to laugh, cry and be immensely moved by Jean and Anne's stories.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Hockley, United Kingdom 24/02/2014
    Kindle Customer Hockley, United Kingdom 24/02/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable read"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this amusing and touching story. Brilliantly narrated by the author, the book shares the viewpoints of a mother and two, very different, daughters. A very well observed story of generations and their ambitions. I highly recommend this book and the twist at the end is lovely.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Bristol, United Kingdom 03/01/2014
    Jill Bristol, United Kingdom 03/01/2014
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    "Life, Death and Vanilla Slices"
    What made the experience of listening to Life, Death and Vanilla Slices the most enjoyable?

    A really enjoyable book. It made me laugh and cry. I just could not stop listening to it


    What did you like best about this story?

    One if the main characters is the same age as me and I could see myself . I love listening to stories where you see things from different points of view


    What about Jenny Eclair’s performance did you like?

    It would not have been as good if it had been read by anybody else.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    hmsweeney Wallasey, United Kingdom 13/12/2013
    hmsweeney Wallasey, United Kingdom 13/12/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Life, Death and Vanilla Slices the most enjoyable?

    I really like it when the author reads their own book. Jenny Eclair read it brilliantly. The storyline was very enjoyable...made mr laugh out loud and tears in my eyes at other times


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ann in some ways as she always tended to do the right thing


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Eclair – was your favourite?

    Jess was hilarious in some of her interactions with Ann


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen when I run so it is great to look forward to the next installments


    Any additional comments?

    Fully recommend this book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ninamm Surrey, UK 02/12/2013
    Ninamm Surrey, UK 02/12/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Laughter and tears"
    What made the experience of listening to Life, Death and Vanilla Slices the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narration.


    What other book might you compare Life, Death and Vanilla Slices to, and why?

    It was a bit like Dear Silvia by Dawn French, but better. Similar coma storyline.


    What does Jenny Eclair bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She gives great personality and emotion to the story and characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The childbirth bit had me in tears on a packed 6pm train home from Paddington! I had been laughing on the 7am train on the way in to town that morning!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, really enjoyed the story, really enjoyed the narration and would recomend it to anyone who loved Dawn French's A Tiny Bit Marvellous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diane H. Smith Oxon, UK 23/03/2015
    Diane H. Smith Oxon, UK 23/03/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "Poignant and truthful."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jenny uses a razor to cut to the heart of the family featured in it and what's revealed is both uncomfortable and poignant in equal measure. Any daughter or mother will find a lot they recognise here I think. The characters are much more than two dimensional ; both good and bad and everything in between. I am glad I listened to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    helen HULL, United Kingdom 14/12/2013
    helen HULL, United Kingdom 14/12/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "A Rey good modern tale"
    Would you listen to Life, Death and Vanilla Slices again? Why?

    I always enjoy anything written by Jenny eclair


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characterisation, the story line kept me listening and it was written with humour within the plot
    The story was believable and tackled some difficult scenarios within the plot
    Parent can invest more in a child they find it easy to relate to


    What about Jenny Eclair’s performance did you like?

    I bought the book because jenny eclair was reading it and I was not disappointed


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Ashford, United Kingdom 09/11/2013
    Sandra Ashford, United Kingdom 09/11/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic right to the end!"

    Touching, funny, sad, shocks and surprises - absolutely enjoyed every bit of it! For me, I always take a while to get comfy with the narrator and it was the case here too but Jenny was brililant. Certainly made you question yourself as a mum and daughter! Highly recommended - promise you'll love it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 21/09/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story made me laugh and cry"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the best stories I have listened too. Really well written and a joy to listen to.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Eclair – was your favourite?

    At first I didn't like either of the two main characters much but as the story unfolded I grew to like them and then to admire them. By the end of the story I felt a strong emotional connection to them.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh and a couple of times it rendered me motionless, I had to stop what I was doing and just listen. They were moments in the book that made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    The book had absorbed me and transported me to another world. I really didn't want it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Red Fred 15/04/2014
    Red Fred 15/04/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Not bad"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life, Death and Vanilla Slices to be better than the print version?

    I like Jenny's voice so it helped that it was read by her and I would probably prefer it to a printed version.


    Would you recommend Life, Death and Vanilla Slices to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes - it's not bad. Not a great book, but easy to listen to on the commute.


    What does Jenny Eclair bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I really like Jenny's voice, especially when she is seething or cross. It's good to listen to the author narrate so you really get the emphasis that was meant, rather than an interpretation.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Heather
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    18/08/14
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    "I laughed, I cried"
    What did you love best about Life, Death and Vanilla Slices?

    Loved this audiobook. Narration was brilliant. I actually laughed out loud a few times as I could relate to Ann's character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved it all!!


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Eclair – was your favorite?

    Definitely Ann.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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