Major Pettigrew is a very likeable character. He and the rest of the characters are very well-portrayed by the narrator. I was very sad that the story ended!
Unfortunately, the reader is an American and he struggles mightily with all the different British accents. I am British and it is testament to how good is the book that I listened to the end since the mangling of all the characters' different dialects really irritated me. However, if you are American and are not particularly attuned to all the intricacies of British accents (why should you be?) then I do recommend it as the writing is very entertaining and the gentle story holds the interest. With a more suitable reader I would probably have rated it 5 stars. I believe the Audible UK version has a British reader.
and a nice commentary on family life and the relationship of older adults with their children. Most entertaining book I've listened to in weeks.
To love this book, it helps to be an Anglophile.
It started out slowly and very predictable and the characters seemed too predictable and shallow, but it got so much better I ended up loving it. The main characters actually evolved, sort of as you expected but so much more interesting and fun than I anticipated. I highly recommend it.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is a wonderful book. Helen Simonson does an outstanding job of developing characters. The story line is filled with humor and emotion. Major Pettigrew is challenged to look at his own opinions in a new light. Something we can all benefit from. Peter Altschuler's narration is spot on! I feel as if I have spoken with Major Pettigrew himself. Highly recommend.
The author has crafted a slow, elegant waltz across cultures, generations and a changing Britain. Superbly told, with a keen sense for whimsy and dry British humor. The book is a delight.
I wasn't sure about purchasing this audiobook as listening to a book is a major investment in time and some books don't translate well to being read aloud. However I did enjoy Major Pettigrew's individuality which was constantly at war with his stuffiness and ideas of what is right and proper. Although not a genre I normally read, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was poignant, funny and altogether human. I recommend it.
It is unusual to find such a well-written and thoroughly enjoyable read among today's "bestsellers." I found myself sitting in an idle car and listening to this book long after arriving at my destination simply because I didn't want to say good-bye to my new friends: the Major, Mrs. Ali, and even Roger. The narrator captured the nuances of the characters with a pleasant inflection and accent. Both author and narrator are to be commended for a job well done.