I bought this book because the narrator, Kate Reading is a great favorite of mine, I think because it is obvious she has fun at work. Like my other favorites, she has a trick of making an author's work her own almost as if she is making up the story as she goes. She is a wonderment with those glorious British words and phrases such as "gobsmacked", "cocked it up", "skivve out" and "fob me off". Was it Mark Twain who said that Britain and the United States were two great nations separated by a common language? Sophie Kinsella's goal in writing this book was not to instruct backward Yanks in current British slang but she sure was an education, a thoroughly enjoyable one.
This book is a big mouthful of pink cotton candy, a light romance all sugar and air. On a plane ride through hell, the heroine spills all her secrets to this total stranger including a few she didn't know she had. For instance, she had never been in love which would be news to her boyfriend. Worse, after she and the total stranger who turned out to be the CEO of her company started the "we", he manages to spill all her secrets on national television. Oh, this is a delicious book. The heroine is absolutely engaging. Her life is a mess. Her career is a mess. She is a mess, an adorable mess. It would be a delight to be around such a woman although she has the morals of an alley cat. One would worry about catching STDs from her. She is sort of a Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey) kind of heroine, a loose Catherine Morland. Maybe better, she's a Meg Ryan in that modernized "Pride and Prejudice" movie "You've Got Mail" who if you remember could never think of a good retort until it was too late. How little we know about even a prospective mate. Like Darcy and Elizabeth, what we know for sure about each other is often totally wrong.
All I can say is, ugh. What a disappointment! The only positive thing I can say is that the narration was wonderful. However, the story itself annoyed me. The whole book I was thinking, "you idiot." If there is a wrong decision to make, she makes it. Honestly, I don't understand why Jack even likes Emma. She lies all of the time and treats him like crap.
I think I would have really liked the book if it had not used the "f" word practically in every other sentence. I just wanted to wash her mouth out with soap.
This is very light reading. I liked the fact that while most of the book was predictable, some important outcomes were not so obvious. It is definitely worth a try.
This book was the funniest (laugh out LOUD funny), sweetest, most memorable listen I've ever found in the Audible library. Bought it years ago - have listened to it many times. Shared it with several friends. MUCH BETTER than the shopaholic series, I've never understood why this book didn't get more attention for Sophie Kinsella. The characters are quirky, the romantic hero has a wonderful touch of the "prince charming" - and the humor is just wonderful. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen - pure entertainment!
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
I was very embarrassed listening to this book. It made me laugh out loud many times in a packed New York subway. People thought I was crazy and still I kept listening , and laughing. Kate Reading is excellent reader. Enough said. Buy it.
Yes, I would recommend this book because the narrator is brilliant. The story is strong, keeps you guessing until the end. The characters are charming.
All of Sophie Kinsella's books are good but this one is one of the best. I would consider it similar to the first few shopaholic books in terms of drawing one into the characters and the humour in general.
I don't judge books by any particular scene.
I enjoyed this book on my drives to and from work. There were funny parts of the book, but all around it's a story that been told and retold.
Too bad; it was an entertaining story and the narrator was funny! But just so many F-bombs that I couldn't get past the third or fourth chapter. I kept hoping it would get better, but it only got worse. Not worth the credit.
I liked "Bridget Jones' Diary" so I enjoyed this novel. Believe it or not, my husband enjoyed listening to parts of it as well. He's not in any way a girly-man, but has a sense of humor, especially the kind of self-deprecatory sense of humor that Emma Corrigan has. She's a "self-made career girl" and a future marketing executive. All in her head of course. So it's no wonder she gets herself into such tangles. She LIVES in her head! I think everyone knows people like this and can't help laughing at them when they get into trouble. I love the fact that, like Bridget Jones, she gets herself into constant binds, but good things invariably end up happening to her in the end. I think we all like a lovable loser, don't we? Emma is exactly that and we all want her to turn out well, get her man AND the promotion in the end. I'm not saying that's what happens, only that's what we WANT to happen.
Kate Reading is worth the five star rating. She's great with dialects and it's obvious she really enjoys her work. She does a great job bringing Emma to life.
I gave the story only four stars because it's quite a lot like "BJD". That's not bad, only kind of unoriginal. And there were places where it was a bit over-the-top and I wanted to just get on with it.