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
I listen while driving Elizabeth McGovern's voice was too quiet and slow. Made it hard commute reading. Always wanted to close my eyes and sleep.
It's a good story but a bit slow.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
Among the top 10% of all of the literary novels I've listened to (which is to say literature concerned as much with message as plot). Which is not to imply that the plot is deficient here.
There are many, but if I have to single out one I'd have to say (without spoiling it for others) when Cora meets a significant person from her past. This would have been all to easy to write by plugging in cliched theatrical emotions; instead Moriarty gives us a complex and nuanced response that raises this to the level of memorable literary fiction.
Cora, of course, but I have to say that McGovern did a wonderful job on all of the voices, even the male voices. She's a really fine narrator and I hope she does a lot more.
When generations clash, morality bends
Through expertly delineated characters, The Chaperone is a fascinating study of the way a long life through changing times can cause one to redefine one's sense of morality and embrace what is important in life. There is a big message here, but it's presented through the intensely personal lens of the narrator, making it more intimate and believable.The Chaperone is an oddly structured book. It's divided into three parts, and most novelists would have ended it after part two. Part three is a coda that brings the characters to their natural ends, showing some of the effects in the changes in public perception over the decades. If you enjoyed Olive Kitteridge, or The Help, you'll enjoy The Chaperone.
Yes. The story and characters are developed well.
The author weaved a good story that spanned several decades. The plot was interesting and left much to the imagination.
I liked Elizabeth McGovern's voice but at times had difficulty understanding her.
Already named well
I had a hard time with her Kansas accent, wondering if that was accurate, which made me realize how few people I know from Kansas. But her voice was soothing and added character to the characters.
I can see why this is a popular summer read. It's easy to get behind the characters and become wrapped up in their world. It bothers me when modern values are given to characters in historical fiction but Cora's beliefs were based on her life events and it was easy to see how her great secrets would lead to her more progressive beliefs. I actually gasped out loud at one twist. Love that!
The characters in Laura Moriarty's novel "The Chaparone" are well developed and interesting. I found myself caring about them. Each character has many layers which are slowly revealed. The story sweeps the listener along an interesting journey. I had not read rewiews of the book that revealed the story line, so I enjoyed not knowing where the plot was going - I would suggest that to other listeners.
Elizabthe McGovern is a fine narrator. She handles the male and female roles equally well.
Moriarty got her facts correct. Personally, i found find these facts sadly leading to what passes as feminism today.
McGoven does a fine job. I would listen to her again
The Chaperone is a variation on Bridges of Madison Co. except that Cora turned from the honorable moral choice.
Too bad the word reputation no long is stressed to young women. The story of Louis certainly depicts the results.