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Life, Death and Vanilla Slices

Narrated by: Jenny Eclair
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-02-2014

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.

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  • Jill
  • 03-01-2014

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

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  • Ninamm
  • 02-12-2013

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.

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  • Sandra
  • 09-11-2013

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!

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  • hmsweeney
  • 13-12-2013

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

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  • Alison Aydin
  • 03-08-2020

love a vanilla slice!

Great story, brilliantly read. it sucks you in to get to know the characters. almost wished it never ended! Brilliant!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-2020

Did nothing for 2 days

Absolutely loved it , I couldn't stop listening and did nothing for 2 days, just sat on the sofa and listened to Jenny's amazing story telling.

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  • Kirsty Morris
  • 11-07-2020

Brilliant Read

Great story, a book that made me laugh out loud and weep too. Wasn't what I expected it to be and not the kind of book I'd usually listen to, I had presumed it was another trashy chick lit, it was anything but that. The plot and mostly 2 person alternating narrative was well done, and it was nice to hear the perspective of older women which is a voice you don't hear often enough in any kind of literature. Thoroughly recommend it.

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  • karen
  • 13-04-2020

Loved it

The saying ‘apples don’t fall far from the tree’ comes to mind. We grow into adults, shaped by our childhood and often our decisions and behaviours relate to our previous experiences. Once again Jenny Eclair has written a thoroughly credible storyline with characters that many could relate to. It is a great book, I enjoyed it hugely.