I had a problem with the narrative version of this story. I'm a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella and love her characters and the story they tell, however the narrater of this audiobook made for a unenjoyable experience for me.
I love this series. Mini shopaholic is so cute and a super fun read. I love the added aspect of the baby. I can't wait to see what Sophie Kinsella comes up with next for this series. This is definitely a light and airy read and not for someone who is wanting a classic piece of literature but Kinsella's books are a breath of fresh air between those books.
Like so many, many, others, I have been a huge fan of the Shopaholic series from the start. Of course, the stories are fanciful (these are characters in a book, not 'ripped from the headlines'). But up until now, each chapter in the series has contained enough relatable truths to lead the reader to believe, "well, this seems farfetched, but if the stars aligned, i suppose it could happen."But not this time.Mini Shopaholic doesn't simply ask you to suspend disbelief... you're also asked to suspend any notion of reality. Somehow the author has transformed her lead character (Becky Brandon) from being an immature, but well meaning, young woman to a narcissistic sociopath, and along the way all elements of 'likeability' have been stripped from the character.The story moves from one crisis to the next, and at every turn, you can't help but think, "wait... i already know how this is going to turn out... Becky will be unastonishingly self-absorbed and try to use magical-thinking to pretend no problem exists, or make the problem go away... and when it doesn't, she'll feel awful and dreadful and then do the exact same thing the next time."Perhaps the challenge is how to continue a tradition of stories that rely on behavior considered 'charming' for a young adult, but disturbing and 'self-destructive' for someone with a two-year old. Or perhaps its that I've grown up, just a bit, and Shopaholic hasn't.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
I started this audiobook three different times. The narrator is not wonderful out of the gate. In addition, having read all of the Shopaholic series, I was thinking that this line was done. The third try was the charm, though. I stuck with it and it turns out that the story is hilarious. Becky Bloomwood is still maddeningly irresponsible, unrealistic and silly. She is still funny, endearing and well meaning. And the character portrait of Eleanor, the Ice witch MIL is deeper than I expected for lite chick-lit. A good relaxing read, like mental candy.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook as I love chick lit. I love hearing how the heroine thinks and the letters that are written back to her from others. Maybe it helps that I am not a shopaholic, so I find it very funny. I am certainly not a qualified critic of English literature, but I know what draws me in and keeps me entertained as I perform crafts such as sewing while I listen.
The way everything tends to work out for the heroine, despite her quirky way of thinking.
Definitely the British voice. I feel as if I am listening to a funny movie.
This was an annoying book to listen to. The woman doing the child's voice made me cringe. This is best read and not listened to...hearing a child whine and cry isn't my thing, but hey...to each her/his own...
I used to like the shopaholic series. Then I lost my job, and somehow listening to someone whine about not being able to buy the latest Gucci or Louis Vuitton just wasn't funny any more. The gags in this one are cringe-worthy and the narrator's voice high-pitched and annoying. The entire book is basically a repitition of all the books before--Becky does inappropriate things, embarrases herself in public, is greedy and materialistic and self-absorbed, yet always ends up getting what she wants. The worst book in the series, if you ask me.
I am usually a fan, so was sad when this book took a downward spiral into a whiny mess.
I'm sorry to say that my review isn't complete. I only vote for the narrator who is absolutely wrong for this book. I can't stand her and so I can't go on listening to see if I like the book or not. I already don't like it. Money down the drain in my opinion this one. Can you please release a different version where my favorite Emily Gray is reading? Maybe in my head Emily Gray IS Rebecca and I can't get used to anybody else, I'm really sorry Ms. Landor.