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.
Maybe--if they liked fiction a lot.
I enjoyed the story of Louise Brooks, but found the fictional part frequently trite.
Louise in the drug store.
Could have been shorter.
This book took me to the innocent age of the 20s where perhaps things weren't so innocent. It was a great book with a few surprises. Very easy to listen to.
I liked Cora so much - her optimism, determination, wisdom and care for others.
I would have to give parts of the story away by mentioning the memorable moments.
I thought that the narration was very good however at times Cora sounded a bit to "Fargo"/country bumpkin.
I didn't want to listen to it all in one sitting - but I enjoyed getting back to it each day.
There were many... I think when Cora begins to see how she has learned from her exposure to Louise.
Ms. McGovern did a deluxe job of coloring all the characters.
Louise, of course. Why? I think she would be a hell-bending fun character to hang out with.
Laura Moriarty did a fantastic job of creating a cast of decent characters. By 'decent,' I mean people with human foibles who confront and deal with them in a ethically conscience manner.
After I finished the book, I missed Louise and Cora on my morning walks.
Thoughtful Real Characters
The chaperone herself, because she had to take her own character in hand, and decide consciously how she would think about things, evaluate things, and form her own, independent opinions. She was very admirable, and yet very real to the times.
Her accents were pretty spot on, and differentiated from character to character, making dialog very easy to follow. Good pace
Yes! The Chaperone is so wonderfully written and Elizabeth McGovern pulls you in with her wonderful storytelling and voice! I was totally absorbed and loved every minute of it.
The ending was superb! No regrets, no sorrow and her memories coming full circle peacefully back to riding the train to another destination was brilliant writing!
I could easily listen to this one again, and will.
Nice reflection on life of women in the early 1900's. Hard to imagine it wasn't that long ago. Very interesting twist and turns, folks dealing with very taboo topics for the day.
the setting and character growth
took some time to get in to but worth it.