I may as well cancel cable now that I am hooked on audible.
Elizabeth McGovern was the perfect performer for this book. She WAS Cora! She made this book alive and calmly played the part during each surprising turn of events.
The revelation of Alan's real love-life. NEVER saw that coming.
I enjoyed seeing her in Downton Abbey, but other than that, have not heard her other Audible performances. I will go look for them now, though.
I did get a little blurry-eyed towards the end of the book.
I hadn't ever heard of the book and now I think it's the best so far!
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
What a terrific story!! I really enjoyed the main character, Cora, and how she was transformed by her experience as a chaperone to the wild Louise Brooks. Elizabeth McGovern was a marvelous narrator. I'm looking forward to more books by Ms. Moriarty and hope that Downton Abbey won't take up so much of Ms. McGovern's time that she can't narrate some more choice novels like The Chaperone. It was a great experience.
I enjoyed about three-quarters of this book. Once again, I felt like the author didn't know how to end it and continued for too long. This writer is definitely improving. I look forward to even a better novel next time.
I don't have time to listen a second time to any audiobook, but certainly enjoyed this.
Rules of Civility, in tone, the quality of the writing, and historical frame.
She found a sympathetic and recognizable voice for each character. Fit the story perfectly.
Cora and Louise, equally. The contrast between the two created a balanced view of a time in history incomprehensible to many of Cora's generation. Cora's opening awareness was handled well. The damage to Louise from the excess equally so.
I wish more books like this would come my way.
This audiobook was extremely well performed by Elizabeth McGovern. It was a pleasant story about an exceptional woman whose life spanned nearly the entirety of the 20th century. It is a story of not only who we were, but who we strive to be.
This book is an absolute delight. I am 3/4 of the way through and I will be so sorry to say good bye to it. It's a marvellous listen, I highly, highly recommend it.
Yes. The main character was interesting and there were so many details that one could miss in the first listen. I liked that even though her supposed peers were very opinionated, she questioned everything they said. She has a secret that isn't revealed until much later in the story.
Her voice and the midwestern accent that came across.
Cora. I would like to ask her how she was able to come to terms with the hand she was dealt in life and her marriage. I would also like to know why she was so interested in Louise Brooks, who seem spoiled and obnoxious. I am not sure if the story she told about her childhood was real or made up, she was an actress and I think she may have told Cora that story to gain her sympathy. Although if it was true, it would explain why she was so careless of her own wellbeing. Very complex issues for the time and setting.
This story had a lot of surprises in it as well as a well thought out ending.
This is one of my favorite audiobooks this year. I found it on the Audible "book duel" thingy that was going on several months back. Sometimes I read a book description and think "meh". That is the initial thought I had when I read the reviews for The Chaperone. The whole idea of writing fiction around a culturally significant personality irritates me for some reason. Like cheating, but I know that doesn't make much sense. And since I LOVED "A Good Hard Look", in which Flannery O'Connor has a part, I thought I would let my prejudice slide. And I am so glad I did. The story is absolutely enjoyable from beginning to end. Not so much about Louise Brooks, but about a good, solid, practical mid-western woman of the early 20th century whose life brings unexpected events that change her notions of what is expected and normal in being a "good" person. Thoroughly satisfying.
I would recommend this because it is a charming story about the development of a person through the life-course. Additionally, it is an updated lesson about truth-seeking.
Having watched her as "Cora" in "Downton Abbey" it was not a hard leap to imagine her as the "Cora" in this book. I thought she did a good job with the narration; she seemed a good choice. Her character differentiation was good, and her pacing was fine.
I thought the first part of the book was slow and somewhat staid. I was about to call it quits, but I'm glad I didn't. Once the story picked up speed, it became difficult to put down.
It was so slow I couldn't wait to turn it off.
Shallow and light.
I wouldn't have started in the first place.