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.
I wasn't sure about this book, but when I read some of the reviews, I bought it. I liked it very much. At tiimes it was slow, but then bamn the story would twist and turn and it held my interest and Elizabeth McGovern's narration was wonderful. She had a hard time with a Kansas accent but I got the point. Sweet story and it made a good point for Women's rights. I couldn't have handled being a women back in the early 1900's.
For women our enemy can be our childhood dreams or expectations, most have experienced a serious hindrance or stronghold they've fought to overcome. We grow up believing in Cinderella, but our castle turned out to be the house in Hazel and Gretel and our fairy godmother the witch who cast us in the oven.
Laura Moriarty draws a picture of two women who find satisfaction and peace that sets them free to believe in themselves which brings a noticeable difference in their lives.
It may not be a Cinderella story, but some dreams can come true.
At first, I could NOT get into this book. It seemed like a charming enough story, but it was just so slow and la-dee-da. And then about halfway through - bam! An unexpected turn of events that instantly changed my perception of the story. As I neared the conclusion of this book, I truly did not want it to end. Elizabeth McGovern is a wonderful narrator and the characters are so complex. I had no idea Louise Brooks was a real person (guess I'm not up on my silent film history) - it was fun to imagine this story was loosely based on a true story.
I have recommended this book to friends and acquaintances. It is such a wonderful read (listen). This was not only an entertaining story it gave a great picture of all kinds of relationships. It was well written, extremely well performed and will be my choice to lead at our book club gathering. C. from Virginia