Historical fiction is something I truly enjoy and I really wanted to love this book the way others have. Personally, I never grew to like the main character Cora much, though she wasn't as frustrating in the final chapters.
I also didn't care much for Louise, her young charge. At the moment I believe it was meant for the reader to finally understand Louise & see her differently, I only felt pity.
The story is interesting, though felt a bit thin. The writing is enjoyable but I just wasn't carried away to New York City in the 20's as I had hoped.
Ms. McGovern was a pleasure to listen to.
You couldn't convince me that while I listening to the story that I wasn't there! In fact, when Cora met the German for an orange soda, I pictured them seated at a small round table with 'wire' backed chairs.........and that's exactly what it was! That was an eerie feeling!!
I got a kick out of Louise because I've known girls exactly like her and have myself owned many of her traits. But Cora was my favorite because of her learned ability to adapt to any situation with relative ease.
The opening scene was laid out so well that I was actually sitting in the coupe while waiting for it to stop raining! Usually I have to get well into a book before I know where I am and what I'm supposed to be thinking.
I couldn't pick just one. Each character vividly came to life for me.
If you're at all interested in buying this book, don't hesitate! It was worth it and I WILL listen to it again.
I don't think I'd listen to it again.... there's so many other titles that I'd like to hear.
The meeting between Cora and Mary O'Dell. Moriarty clearly illustrated both the familiarity and strangeness shared by the re-united mother & daughter.
This was my first.
This book was peaceful and engaging. I really appreciated NOT having a strong emotional reaction to a book!
At the beginning of the book, I found that I didn???t care much for Cora. I felt she was an old-fashioned, domineering lady following society???s views to the letter. But as the story unfolded, I found that I cared more for her until there was a well-deserved respect. Cora faced such adversity throughout her life and had been beaten down, but her continual striving to find out the who and why of her life triumphed in the end. The author has an unusual talent in describing Cora and her life as well as that of Louise, whom she chaperoned. I felt transported back to that time because of the writing. This was my first book by Ms. Moriarty, but it will definitely not be my last.
I hope this is up for an Audie Award - Elizabeth McGovern is fantastic in this historical fiction of one woman whose life spans from the Victorian era to the 60s.
Yes, I would listen to this audio book again! I absolutely loved listening to Elizabeth McGovern. She played the characters well without sounding like she was acting or trying to pull something off. She was clear and well spoken, adding her own touches to the cadence of words and feelings.
The story is fantastic. I loved the characters. There was nothing glorified, no one personality that overshadowed one over another. There was of course a main character but there were supporting characters that presented and gave importance to the story line. These too had strong personalities and/or important roles but really they all came together so seemlessly. I loved that I had a chance to not only get a glimpse into their lives but feel as though I had actually sat down and had coffee together. I loved being a part of their life for this short time and was sorry to have to say goodbye to them as the book came to a close.
This is the first book I've listened to by Laura Moriarty and I see that she does indeed have more books I will look forward to reading and/or listen to. I haven't yet checked but I will see if Elizabeth McGovern has more novels she has narrated. She is perfect and has a perfect voice for narration.
The decision Cora makes before she leaves to go back to Wichita.
This is the first performance by Elizabeth McGovern that I have had the pleasure of listening to. She was fantastic! There are some narrators that are easily forgotten and some that are worth remembering. She is worth remembering.
From Unwrapped Candy to Unwrapped Hearts
I enjoyed The Chaperone from start to finish. The interesting story line and outstanding performance put this audiobook amongst my all time favorites.
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
This is a beautiful, capturing story of the life of Cora, a woman who, by understanding others, found herself in the process. It's perfectly narrated by Elizabeth McGovern, and I enjoyed ever second of this lovely narration and story. I wish it hadn't ended.
The Chaperone might be compared, believe it or not, to Hugo Cabret. The same era, and the same sort of feel, although Hugo was definitely a children's book. It's like, an adult's view of the times, when films were silent and the world was 'pure of thought.'
I would have to say that my favourite scene was when Cora met her biological mother. Although the meeting didn't go as planned, Cora showed so much strength and reverence and I really fell in love with her character at that point. As Cora continued to realize that things are certainly not always as they appear, and there is a dark side to humanity, she also learned to embrace that and somehow made it beautiful.
The First Train to Kansas
One of my favourite audible books so far, so well done by Elizabeth McGovern, can't wait to see more of Downton Abbey! Highly recommended!
Perhaps I should not review this if I actually was unable to finish it, but I absolutely could not get over Elizabeth McGovern's performance of Cora with "old-lady" creakiness in her voice even though Cora is only 36! She comes across as Louise's crotchety old grandmother, instead of being a mature,but still vibrant, woman. I did not feel the story in the first quarter was compelling enough to make me forget about the part of the narration and I had to turn it off. Perhaps another time...
I was not aware of this book or even the author but chose it based on reviews I read here. Thank you! I loved this book and I think the narrator was the best that I've heard. It was both entertaining and thought provoking. I never, ever read or listen to books twice but I think this one will be my first.