Fascinating. The intercultural issues are very well handled, as well as the aging process.
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.
This is a book for anyone who wants a gentle listening experience. While there is a plot to the story of course, it does not hit you over the head, but rather meanders its way through the tale, building up to a few wonderfully choice scenes. The narration is excellent too. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiotape and wish there were more novels like it.
Great writing. Humorous, yet thought provoking. Sort of Mitford-like for those who enoyed those richly develped characters. We need more from Ms. Simonton.
A nice slow paced story that captured my attention. Was the conflict between the generations or between the cultures? In the end it didn't matter because it was a good story to listen to and enjoy.
It was a slow start but I just didn't want it to end. It was funny and touching and Major Pettigrew is so very human and the story so very true. All the characters were wonderful and full. Peter Altschuler was wonderful. He told the story, he didn't just read the book . I just loved it!