This novel is about my parents' generation and was bittersweet to listen. I so enjoyed it! The subtle portrayal of relationships between charters, Major Pettigrew's embarrassment at expressing emotion in the beginning, (he being English military and all), and the slow revealing of his wisdom and integrity, enables the reader to find his clever, bold problem solving completely believable. The dance scene in the middle of the book is one of those horrifying can't read another word but can't put the book down scenes. Pacing works, narration works, but mostly the gradual change taking place in this man adjusting to a world with which he isn't quite comfortable is a wonderful read when you are not in a hurry.
It took me awhile to get into the story and the characters but in the end, like all good British stories, it was good fun.
I generally don't like books based in England, or english accents, for that matter. I totally loved this one though! The upper crust clenched jaw of the Major is perfect! It was a great listen!
This is a harmless, mildly amusing novel about modern English country life, exploring the tensions between change, race and tradition. I found the Major to be sympathetic, and I was interested to see how his story played out, but overall it was too slow. The whole shooting party section seems to grind on forever to very little point. Some thoughtful editing could certainly have been applied! This book is also not nearly as funny as it thinks it is.
I am gobsmacked at the absurd price, and cannot recommend that it is worth the expense. Find the audiobook at the library and save the money for better books.
The story was engaging and the characters believable as well as entertaining. I look forward to the author's next book.
The narration was really wonderful. Mr Altschuler gave each character a unique voice and all easily understandable.
Avid reader. Retired harpist Consider myself knowledgeable in the English language.
Overly long for the lack of content. I kept waiting for something of substance. It never came.
Excellent British accent for the narration of an understated, humorous, and poignant novel of adult relationships. The Major with all his flaws and strengths is a wonderfully deep character whose tone and wit are beautifully brought to life by Peter Altschuler. Highly recommend. I smiled my way through the gym workouts with this one.
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