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.
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