West Monroe, LA, United States | Member Since 2009
One of my favorite authors, this is a delightful short story collection that showcases Maeve's talent for creating likeable, interesting characters. The folks in charge of getting her books narrated have always chosen excellent narrators too. I really will miss looking forward to her next book now that she has passed away.
I had listened to this title many years ago and decided to purchase it on Audible since I enjoy Trollope's cozy reads. It was as enjoyable the second go around but I forgot how abruptly it ends. I wish there had been one more chapter, a little bit more neatness of tying up loose ends, but maybe that is because I was so involved in the characters. I did think that the girlfriend made awful relationship choices and life decisions, but I like that Trollope reveals the consequences to her choices without preaching or being predictable.
Trollope has brought the characters of the classic Jane Austen story into the present day and made it interesting even though we who have read Austen's S&S know the ending, it still was fun to see how it would all play out in modern day circumstances. The characters were enjoyable, though I find Marian as annoying in the modern day as I do in the 1800's! Her mother seemed more silly in the modern day than the mother of Austen's S&S. I did enjoy how she treated the kindly cousin and his mother-in-law. Even Trollope had a hard time making anyone believe an intelligent, mature man would fall in love (not lust) with Marian. I laughed when the cottage they were offered turned out to be a modern efficient characterless home instead of an old restored estate worker's cottage (since in modern day we would think it wonderful to live in a quaint holiday let on an estate).
Yes. I like Nevil Shute's writing. I think A Town Like Alice is his best work so I would always recommend that title first. I do think he is very good at describing life in the British Armed Services during WWII. Those that enjoy military history and writing will like his books, but even I enjoyed them (and I have little knowledge of planes and guns).
I liked the main character. I really wanted to like the female lead character, but she frustrated me by her giving up in the end because it seemed so unlike her character (from the way she acted in the past).
This is the first title I have listened to that he has read.
No, but I enjoyed it in long stretches.
I noticed this is offered under a different title on Audible. The other title is Breaking Wave. I guess the publisher was revamping older novels with newer titles? I prefer this title. But if you are a Shute fan and begin to purchase all the Shute Audible titles on offer, you may want to check the description of each book first to make sure you are not purchasing duplicate books. I noticed several other of his books are offered under two different titles.
I liked that the author had several different positions and therefore several different experiences which meant that her bosses were neither all bad or all good (in the eyes of those that worked for them). It also meant that she came across alot of different characters that worked in service who reflect different personalities and outlooks on their work.
The amount of work a scullery maid had to do with unpleasant products (no nice cleaning products back then!) and the taunting she received when cleaning the outside doorstep and how men were less likely to date her if they knew she was in service.
No, but I enjoyed it.
I am not sure if there is a photo section in this book. But I am always hesitant to purchase biographies or memoirs on audible in case the hard copy of the book has photos & drawings as I think they add a lot the story being told and I enjoy them. I would like it if audible included a download of any images included in a hard copy for reference.
Perhaps, though I would not expect it to be much more than a light read. The story was not bad, but it certainly wasn't one that was impossible to put down.
Remove the predictable outcomes of the relationships in the book.
The ballerina's voice was best. The Scottish accent on her mother was overdone.
No. Because as predictable as the story was you can pretty much figure out what is in store for the surviving characters.
I really enjoyed listening to one of my all-time favorite novels. It is such a wonderful listen. Cannot praise it enough!
One of those books I have always meant to read but never got around to it or when I did check it out of the library couldn't get interested in it after the first chapter. I enjoyed the audiobook version of Gone With the Wind though! The movie is very different from the book, but the basic storyline is the same. I guess this is why it was hard for me to get into the printed book since I already knew what would happen to Scarlett in the end. I enjoyed getting to hear the parts of the story that were deleted or changed for the movie. Definitely a must for any American South Lit List.
The synopsis of this historical fiction sounded intriguing, but the book ended up being silly and unrealistic. The narrator did a fine job with what material she had. I know, I know, Danielle Steel is a best selling author with a horde of fans, I just am not one of them.
Not impressed with this author, which is a shame since I enjoyed listening to Richard Armitage's voice. I guess he could read the list of ingredients off the back of a cereal box and it would be nice to listen too.
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