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
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, 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