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What made the experience of listening to The Chocolate Thief the most enjoyable?
Light hearted, surprising storyline.
What three words best describe Teri Clark Linden’s voice?
A lovely voice, performed well for the majority of the story.
However, the French accent was very very poor and painful to listen too! I don't even speak the language and could easily notice the basic errors
A lovely, delicious start to Florand's Amour et Chocolate series, The Chocolate Thief has a lot going for it: strong characters, great dialogue, and amazing ability to capture the charm and frustration of being an American in Paris. Cade and Sylvain are believable, fun characters whose developing relationship is off-beat enough (as Cade continuously breaks into his laboratoire) to keep the reader waiting to see what will happen next. In romance, where the conclusion is foregone, a lot of the fun is not knowing how the relationship will grow, and that's my favorite part of this: it IS unexpected.
Sylvain's chocolate is practically a character in its own right: the descriptions are absolutely mouth-watering. Don't read this while hungry! Cade also holds her own well. Although she doesn't come from the artisan background that the other characters embrace, she holds her own, with a great sequence that shows, after the books has dedicated pages to Sylvain's stunning creations, that her skills, too, are valuable and just as hard-won. I loved it, and them.
My only real complaint about this book was the French. French is my second language, and as a fluent-French speaker, I found the reader's accent to be literally incomprehensible at times. This may not bother you if you don't speak French, but some of it is really very basic: é is ALWAYS pronounced 'eh' in French, never 'ee,' for example, something that is mangled multiple times. A little training in French pronunciation would have gone a long way; that this was so distracting was a pity, when all of the reading in English is so good.
Despite my serious issues with the narration, however, the book overall was wonderful, and I strongly recommend it!