I Was Told There'd Be Cake

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sloane Crosley

Narrated By: Sloane Crosley

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: June 2008

Duration: 7 hours 0 minutes


Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions-or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character that's aiming for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.


  • Anonymous

    Sloane Crosley shows promise but she isn't quite a great writer yet. It's tough to make an entire book of navel-gazing essays interesting and she almost pulls it off - but not quite. Ultimately she has essay after essay of stories involving her personal life which aren't quite funny, aren't quite interesting, aren't quite enlightening. Her attitude througout is a smirk which is at the same time self-satisifed and also pessimistic. A few essays like that is fine, but after a while it's a bit grating. Also, as a reader, even of her own works, she's only "ok." Not great. But despite that, I think she could mature a bit as a writer and get better, so there's hope.

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