What a delightful surprise this book has been: a shy, timid governess experiences one amazing day that is nothing like her boring, monotonous life, and she experiences what life can be, if you just dare to live it. It's an absolute gem! Can't wait to see the movie!
I loved this book, the narrator was fun to listen to; the characters were all very distinct! What a great Cinderella story!!!
Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day is a book that defies description. It is fun and thoughtful and full of insite. Quick moving, with never a dull moment. We follow Miss Pettigrew for one day of her life, but that day changes her life forever. If you have seen the movie, there are differences, but the core of the story is the same. And Frances McDormand, who played Miss Pettigrew in the movie, does a wonderful job of reading the story. Persephone Books, who reissued this long out of print story, also arranged for the recording of the audiobook, and I am so very glad that they did.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I have not seen the movie, but the trailers looked interesting, so I was enticed to download the book. I was completely charmed, and can't think how the movie could measure up, if only because I can't imagine how a movie could adequately convey the thoughts going through Miss Pettigrew's head that gave color and depth to her character and helped to carry the story along. Along with Miss P I looked forward to each new happening throughout her special day, watching her bloom into the person she was always meant to be. I was rooting for her all the way, delighting in her transformation. This is exactly what I enjoy most about audible books - an engaging story that makes me care about the characters, well read to bring those characters to life. I hated for it to end.
While at first I had some trouble relating to such a timid creature as Miss Pettigrew is at the outset - the reading was so perfect and on the spot that I warmed up to her. As the story develops Miss Pettigrew develops and despite the outrageous improbability of it all, in such a natural and charming manner, it truly captured me.
I loved listening to this one. The narrator is lively and easy to listen to. The story is charming. It gives a little insight into the restricted lives women led "back in those days".
After a long day (or week) in the real world, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day offers a welcome diversion. The characters are endearing and the story is delightful. Read it and feel good.
This was one of the best books I've ever read, even if I only listened to it. What's more, Frances McDormand really brings this already fabulously touching and all-around wonderful book to life. She gives each character a unique and appropriate voice and her narration is spotless. This is a must-listen, especially if you enjoyed the movie (she does an absolutely spot-on Amy Adams).