Alison Larkin's performance is wonderful on this. She has a lovely voice, and is such a pleasure to listen to. This is one of those books that I think might be best in audio. The characters are engaging, interesting - a bit exaggerated, but because it's a first person work - we're seeing all of this from Pippa's view - it was ok and really very funny. In particular, the character of her (real) mother is funny and maddening, and also destructive but I see a lot of reality in there too.
The story is good too - we often try to understand ourselves by looking at our family and our environment. Pippa is neither perfect nor omniscient, and she tries to understand herself better by seeking out her birth parents, but she learns that there aren't any easy answers, and that we are a product of nature and nurture.
As a first novel, I found this excellent, and I hope Alison Larkin will continue Pippa's story.
This was such a funny, sweet, amusing and sometimes sad story. I enjoyed every minute of it!
The narrator is also the author and she did an excellent job on both counts. Highly recommended!
I simply loved The English American by Alison Larkin. I laughed, I cried, and I exhibited several other emotions while listening to this chick-lit story about one woman's journey of self-discovery.
The story revolves around 28-year old Pippa who is successful in her job and who is in a long term relationship with a boyfriend who wants to marry her. However, Pippa can't help but feel something is missing in her life. Although she always knew she was adopted and adores her parents, she can't help but feel like a clumsy fish out of water in a prim and proper London family. Pippa believes that if she knows who her birth parents are, she may be able to move forward in her life rather than feeling like she's merely treading water.
The rest of the story is about Pippa's slow maturation while she searches for and gets to know her American birth parents. While at first I didn't really care for Pippa's character because she seemed too naive and mousey at the beginning, by the end I felt she had moxy and refused to do what her manipulative birth parents wanted her to do. While Pippa made several mistakes, I loved her loyalty to her adoptive parents and friends, and the ending is a perfect "happily ever after" and all I hoped for while my heart was breaking for Pippa near the end.
Besides writing this engaging story, Alison Larkin also narrated the audiobook version I listened to. [One of the reasons I wanted to listen to this book is that Alison has been a favorite of mine for many years as I've enjoyed dozens of her narrations of historical romance and classics.] What I especially enjoyed in this particular narration is that you could hear the regret and disappointment in Pippa's voice when she realizes her birth parents are probably just as self absorbed in themselves now as they were when they conceived her and gave her up for adoption. In conclusion, The English American is an excellent book that is superbly narrated!
I love all things British especially books written by British writers.
No, I enjoyed it very much but it's not the type of story that I re-read.
I wanted to keep listening to find out how it turned out. Character development is excellent.
Didn't laugh or cry, but LOVED the ending and it made me sigh with joy.
very enjoyable read. it provides an interesting perspective into someone who has been adopted and the whole "nature vs nuture" concept.
I got a kick out of this funny book. While some of the characters were a tad stereotypical, the situation was unusual in the juxtaposition of British vs. American culture. The issue of adoption and wanting to know where you came from was thoughtfully handled.
This is the story of a young adult who is adopted. She is dealing with needing to meet her birth parents through getting to know them. They are not traditional parent child relationships but starting with adult child getting to know her natural parents. Pippa, the daughter, is almost 30 but some of the emotions she expresses sound similar to teenage drama. Pippa is a singer and it was interesting to hear the variety of music from rock to religious. At one point I thought the book was more light opera than audio book! The English American is a coming of age book with a heroin who just seems to old to fit the part.,
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
Yes because Alison Larkin's voice is so wonderful. I have to admit that at the beginning of the book I was annoyed by what felt were too many competing main characters. But as the story unfolded and I began Pippa's journey I was able to ease into the characters and their unique voices.
I loved Pippa. She is charming, funny and sweet. She embarks on a very personal journey to discover her bio parents and gets an education in reality vs. expectation. I have friends who were adopted and I even traveled with a close friend when she met her bio mom for the first time. It was a nerve wracking experience that covered every emotional base. She and her bio mom formed an amazingly close bond. This book made me think of how strong my friend was to go in search of her bio parents and to uncover her own history not knowing what she would find on the other side. Pippa's story starts off slow and I didn't really know where it was going and I even thought of giving up but then Pippa started to grow and change. She confronted many insecurities and had to find her way in a new city with a new family. It became a very interesting story. Pippa has a wonderful family in England and **spoiler**** I think in meeting her bio parents she was able to appreciate the family she had. Her bio parents are narcissistic, selfish and all around awful. I just didn't care for them and so wanted Pippa to grow a spine and tell her bio mom in particular to f*&^-off.
Oh i'm all about the hook up, so I loved it when Pippa and the guy (he will remain unnamed) hook up! There aren't many details, just enough to let you know "IT" happened. You have to use your imagination for the rest.
Not sure, but I think this would make a fun film...a rehash of Bridget Jones Diary except with Pippa living in the US and learning American culture. This is actually one of the funnier elements to this story.
if it starts off slow for you too, give it a chance. It does pick up. I found myself smiling on my walk today listening to it. It is a fun sweet sentimental listen. Total chic lit with some light romance. Worth the credit.
I am easily amused!
This book was a delightful suprise. The author narrates the book and does a wonderful job. A cute story that had unique characters that took place in both England and America. I laughed a lot and couldn't wait to hear what happened next.
Not only is the narration absolutely delightful, the character development is more than expected for a chic lit book. I highly recommend this easy-to-listen to audiobook.