If British Chick Lit is what you are looking for, this is it. Very cute, entertaining, and funny. I really liked the heroine. The narrator was great!! If I were to rate this versus my other favorites like The Help, and Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, I would rate it lower than a 4. BUT, in the world of Chick Lit... this is a 4.
This is a well-written story that goes nowhere. The writer/reader draws from her own life but crassly insults Americans with dozens of lines like "In England it's considered rude to interrupt someone before they have finished speaking...". She also makes no distinction between the many regions and classes of Americans, and the vast distinction between state and regional laws (particularly regarding adoption). Her birth family is filled with cliches dragged out of "Hotel New Hampshire" and worse, and her red-baiting father must have grown up in the 1930s and 40s, not the late 1970s, which he is supposed to have. Larkin does a pretty good job with accents (I'm a New Yorker living in Georgia, so I do know) and her narration is exceptionally good for author-read, but the material is too wacky and her characters too enamored of Ayn Rand.
I enjoyed the listen, good book, not fantastic but good. The ending was good and I enjoyed the book, not entirely predictable.
I just could not finish this book. I tried and tried. I got halfway through, but most of that was a struggle. The author was also the narrator, and she was a very good narrator. But there was no arc to the story. It was like a bunch of little steps, one bit after another, but no plot, no storyline, almost no conflict or mystery or anything to grab you. It was just kind of bland and boring. And there were many miss opportunities for ... I don't know what to call it, maybe deeper analysis, or discussion of implications, but most of them were missed.
If I remember correctly, this is a novel based on true experience. Maybe that's the problem. There were a lot of irrelevant and boring details that might have been interesting if this were the memoir of a remarkable, unusual or famous person, but were boring as part of a novel.
Sorry, Alison. If the person in the book is anything like you, then you seem like a delightful, funny, and interesting person. But the book itself isn't doing it for me.
I adored this story. I am an adoptive parent who knows how it feels to totally love your children without any reservations despite the fact that they didn't come didn't come from my own body. They come from my soul. Larkin understands this relationship and portrays it beautifully in this touching yet funny story about Pippa Dunn. I realize my own son and daughter may go on a similar souling searching journey at some point in their ives. Larkin added another intereting layer to the search for "who am I?". Her character also has the burden of the tug of war with the British and American parts of her personality. The story is priceless. There's fun look at the differenced between the two cultures. I highly reccomend the audiobook for any parent or child.. adopted or not. I hated for the story to end, but I was thrilled that it concluded with a romantic happy ending. Larkin's performance was wonderful too.
I really hated this audiobook! would have given it 0 stars if I could. I didn't expect a great deal but I didn't find it touching or amusing or funny at all. The characters were boring, whiney and unsympathetic. Usually I like when authors read their own work but I don't think Ms. Larkin did any justice to her story. Definitely not worth the cost!
i loved the book and alison larkin as the narrator was exquisit and the best i heard till now. do you have other audible book by her or read by her but not children books? thanx
It's not perfect, but it is still a very nice little novel. A bit chick-lit for me. But,the reading is superb, which more than makes up for any minor flaws in the writing. Definitely worth a listen when you're looking for something light and cute.
Spending time with Alison Larkin and Pippa is like spending the day with a best friend at the theatre. You just cannot believe how wonderful the performance has been and that your best friend fully understands exactly how you feel. The English American is pure joy. That does not mean that the characters don't have depth, personality and interesting perspectives on the world. They do. They seem so real that you believe you
Reading the book in hard back is probably wonderful, but listening to the book and having Allison bring each character to life takes the reader to an entirely different experience. After I finished listening to the book I googled Ms. Larkin and spent time on her web site. She is Pippa which is why she can tell Pippa's story in such a lively manner.
My only regret is the Pippa aka Alison doesn't live in Maine and cannot come to my house for dinner. It would have been pure joy and my friends would just love her. Marcia Feller wife of Robert
I have a great passion for life and enjoy books that make you think
Alison Larkin is an amazing writer! She managed to show us values from England and America and allow a connection with broken characters who are somehow redeemed from daring to experience life! Thanks!