I so much enjoyed this book. It passed the ultimate test of not wanting it to end, and hoping there was another one either before or after it. The author conjured that magical world - the one where the descriptions of the characters and the places become real. I am sure this would be so even in print, but what really made this book a joy to LISTEN to was the narrator, Peter Altschuler.
One of my criteria for listening to any audiobook is, obviously, how it reads aloud. Having just come off another book, by a different author and narrator, that was so poorly written and read ( I stuck with it out of sheer determination), this was such a great pleasure.
I hope Helen Simonson will write another book soon, and I will look for Peter Altschuler's marvelous voice on other recordings.
reasonably good book, nothing special....
I find these additional questions to be stupid
very good narrator
TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MANY questions
What a breath of fresh air! This is a wonderful "coming of age" story for those of us that are approaching retirement, recently retired, and find ourselves alone. Major Pettigrew is my new hero!
The author has written a touching romance about a widow and a widower. Her characters are so developed by her writing and the narrator's reading that you feel sure you know them. The beginning starts out slowly, just as romance does in real life, but ends with a bang that I felt was a bit over-the-top. A Disney ending. But I did enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a gentle read.
Most enjoyable novel about a stodgy, prim and proper Major Pettigrew, who is most definitely set in his ways. The "proper" way of life is like a code of excellence in everything he does and thinks. Yet, you can see him changing throughout the story through a variety of events, but mostly due to a female shopkeeper he meets. Preconceived notions in how he views life start to fray and at first he doesn't see this "change" in himself, but other people do. The story is full characters who are interesting and the narration by P. Altschuler is superb, as he brings the characters to life.
Major Pettigrew is one of the most delightful fictional characters to come along in a long time with his understated humor, honor and chivalry amidst the chaos going on around him. As others have stated, it takes a while for the story to warm up and to warm up to the narrator, but not too long. I was hoping that it would never end. Bravo!
Great characters (including the English countryside). The narration was pitch perfect, and so was everything about this beautiful little story. I put off reading for a while because I thought it might be boring from the description. The glowing reviews convinced me to plunge ahead. This book deserves all the praise that it has received.
Delighted listen... the story is so rich and believable and Simonson seems to transport the listener to
the Setting so you can be a part of the story, watching from a Bench by the sea maybe.
I highly recommend this read.
Absolutely wonderful characters and story. A few months after finishing I still feel like the characters are my friends and family. The Major is an inspiration to those of us a bit older, wiser, distant from our children and suddenly alone. I am still quoting words of wisdom from this story. I loved, loved, loved this book!
Like many others, at the start, I thought I may not like this book. But Major Pettigrew ripens with time into a delicious story.
This is due, in large part, to the exceptionally fine narration, which is one of the best I've listened to from Audible.