The Language of Flowers was written by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, narrated by Tara Sands, and consists of 9 discs (10 hours and 50 minutes). Narrator Tara Sands does an excellent job as distant icy Victoria. She even does a good tone for Grant (the only male character) and Renata (her employer, a Russian immigrant). This was my first time listening to Tara and I will seek her out again.
23 April 2012
The Language of Flowers
The Language of Flowers is not something I would have chosen for myself. It is for the most part sad, slow moving, and quite frankly I spent a good portion of the story wishing I could shake some sense into Victoria. But then I had an ah-ha moment and from that point forward I began to sympathize with her. My fascination and annoyance turned into hope. You see, up until that point, I had been listening to this story like one might listen to a tragic retelling of a train wreck. I shook my head a lot and marveled at the deep sadness and anger. But after what the story reveals near the end of part two, I found myself on baited breath for Victoria and all those around her that she had harmed. I found myself wishing desperately for peace, forgiveness, redemption, and perhaps even joy. The ending doesn't disappoint. Some reviewers say she walks away from what had previously mattered so much to her and that the ending was too neat. I respectfully disagree. I believe Victoria merely takes a break to concentrate on what is really important and the ending promises that while the road won't be easy, it will get easier with time and perseverance. So while I only listened to The Language of Flowers for a book club meeting I missed, it did make an impression on me, I enjoyed it, and I do look forward to seeing the film.