When I first started this book, the narrator's voice grated on my nerves. She sounded so young and squeaky, and the main character annoyed me. And then I remembered: the main character of a Sophie Kinsella book always annoys me with her bad decisions at first, and then I grow to love her. This book is no exception.
The narrator's voicing of the main character really fits a young, somewhat insecure woman. More than that, that type of narration made the funny parts that much funnier. In the end, I really enjoyed it!
The antics and characters that are in this book are pure Sophie Kinsella. The quirkiness and resourcefulness of Poppy is only something that Sophie Kinsella could dream up! If you are a fan of Ms Kinsella's earlier works, like Can You Keep a Secret? and The Undomestic Goddess, then you will love love love this book!
I am a retired RN in New York State and love, lobe, love James Patterson books!
This story was charming and once it cought you, the c hapters just flew. You wanted to know the next surprise. Lovely. Normally I love mysteries, but this was a delightful, happy change.
With several laugh out loud moments, the whole audio was entertaining and fun. The way technology has changed communication drove much of the plot which was interesting. Kinsella is insightful about human nature and relationships without moralizing.It was so enjoyable, I've got withdrawal and would love to read a sequel.
Vermont Audio Lover
Yes! Kinsella does a wonderful job with character development. I appreciate the way that she allows the characters to develop over the course of the novel.
Jayne Entwistle is wonderful. I thought that she was the perfect narrator for a Kinsella book. She handles both male and female characters well.
The novel really centers on Poppy, so she is certainly the most memorable character. I liked the fact that she was a capable woman--professional, good job, etc., and yet she had issues with perception about herself and her friends and family.
I didn't give the story five stars because I thought that it was dragged out a bit at the end. Otherwise, I loved the book.
Sometimes you just need to read something light and silly. Though, for me, even something light has to be well written and well developed. Sophie Kinsella's new book fits the bill. Despite its wackiness, the plot had good twists and turns and the characters were sufficiently quirky and easy to like. The narrator did a good job, thought I didn't love her voice. Glad for the respite!
Jayne Entwistle makes the entire story come alive and sound real.Light- hearted yet witty.Good English humour.Enjoyed.
I have listened to all of Sophie Kinsella's books on audio and have read the first three Shopaholic books and "Can You Keep a Secret?" I have purchased the first three Shopaholic books on audio because I like the narrator. I also own "Can You Keep a Secret?" on audio. I did not care for the audio for "Remember Me" or subsequent Shopaholic stories.
At first, this narrator's voice seemed too girlish and high-pitched for me, but as another reviewer noted, she seemed to grow into the storytelling. She did a good job on the men's voices, which is usually hard to do for a woman! I like how her timbre changed to reflect Poppy's moods.
The story overall is pretty predictable. I wasn't fooled by Magnus throughout the book and after the Scrabble incident, I rather felt like he was marrying Poppy just so he could feel intellectually superior to her. I won't tell you how it ends, even though it's predictable. :-)
At the beginning, I sort of cringed as the story continued on and on regarding the loss of the ring. I can't pretend to understand the loss of something so valuable, as that has never happened to me before, but Poppy's hysteria is understandable.
The creative twist in this story is how she meets Sam Roxton, the businessman. We get a sense of Poppy's sense of fun and quick thinking when he first lays eyes on her. It's pretty funny and made me laugh out loud, the first of many times throughout this book.
In this age of texting and mobile phones, it would be easy to fall into the trap of creating a storyline consisting of the tiresome abbreviations used in texting, but with audio, we don't feel that. When Poppy writes "thx," for "thanks," we hear it, but don't read it. This book doesn't feel like you are reading those annoying "RU there?" conversations.
Poppy's and Sam's relationship grows through the book and you can pretty much guess what happens, but what I was surprised by how intimate texting can be! When they are in the wood and trying to find each other in the dark, you get a sense of intimacy so strong that you feel as though YOU are the one reading their texts or listening in on a private conversation.
As it became obvious that something could possibly happen between Poppy and Sam, I looked forward to their first physical encounter. Toward the end of the story, I felt myself yearning for it and the feeling became stronger. As love stories go, well, the end was a surprise to me.
I'm glad I bought it and will happily listen to it again when I need some cheering up!
Some authors and books are best heard. It makes the joy unfold in a totally different way than reading the print version. I have all of Ms. Kinsella's books safely (I hope) stored on my iPod.
Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite feel-good chick lit authors. Ms Kinsella, through her characters and story line, never fail to make me laugh. The story line, using a stolen engagement ring, cell phone, and using texting as a key means of communication, was charming. Poppy is a flawed, but kind heroine finding her way in the world and learning to stand up for herself. I could certainly relate to Poppy. One of the things that made me smile at the end is the realization that there could certainly be future novels featuring Poppy and her endearing antics. Thanks, Ms. Kinsella, for a wonderful day of listening. I think I'll listen to it again. Soon.