From the best-selling author of Lottery comes a new novel about greed, survival, and what's really important in life.
At the bottom of the heap, there's nowhere to go but up.
Waitress Tammy Tyree knows this intimately. Her life is a continual struggle of managing an eccentric uncle, looking after a younger brother who's not quite right, and doing everything she can to keep her family together in the small town of Spring, Washington. But Tammy has a couple of things going for her no matter how dire things get. She's tenacious and has her own take on karma. She believes the more unfortunate things that happen to a person, the more that person is due for a windfall. Each and every misfortune is a further guarantee that a golden opportunity is just around the corner.
When Tammy receives a confidential e-mail about an inheritance that's hers to claim, she's certain her ship has come in. Just a few details need to be ironed out, like a small matter of some fees to pay, bank forms to fill out, and taxes to remit, but she knows each complication brings her closer to that golden goose of egg-laying renown.
What starts as a personal quest ends up embroiling Tammy and everyone she holds dear in a scheme that could be the financial downfall of them all or the rescue of a small town that's slowly but surely falling through the cracks.
©2014 Patricia Wood (P)2015 Patricia Wood
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Narration - Michelle Babb - Kick A$$
If you've read many of my reviews, I don't really give a lot of audiobooks the "Kick A$$" narration rating, but I've had a couple back to back listens that were really stellar, with this being one of them. Michelle does such a great job of embodying the character of Tammy Tyree! I don't own a kindle copy of the book, so I couldn't tell you if her narration of what 'bug' says is accurate, but it was terrific and natural and flowed as if you were listening to the actual conversations between Tammy and her very special little brother Jar (aka bug). She really captured the personalities of these folks from this small town. Fabulous job!!!
As for the book! OMG! This was a terrifically absurd story (Truly, I believe, enhanced by the narration). Tammy Tyree receives one of those emails claiming that she's due a substantial inheritance from a long lost missionary relative, complete with the broken but wordy explanations of the importance of the sender, his title, his role in assisting her in retrieving her inheritance and all the steps she must go through (which of course become innumerable) in order to rightfully claim the money she's due.
The book pokes fun at the naivety of Tammy, her family and some other gullible town folk who wish to invest in helping her claim her inheritance as well as the email scam community itself. I'm not going to say that I was laughing out loud while listening to this book, but I was, I don't know, Joyful? Most certainly smiling the whole time I was listening. (Except during the big Jar incident near the end) And I found myself telling anyone who would listen about the terrific book I was listening to. And I didn't do it justice, because alas, I'm not a writer. Patricia Wood, however, is! A very terrific writer and she had me loving this little gem from start to finish. Such a great listen! Highly Recommend!
I received this audiobook free of charge from Audiobookblast, in exchange for an unbiased review
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
Could a whole town be as backward? If you are able to suspend reality and go with the cute humor of this funny story about a town of feeble minded folk, then you may enjoy this escape from reality. An e-mail traps a young girl and eventually others into an inheritance scam that snowballs out of control.
I was not sure if I could swallow the dim witted behavior of the main character at first, but the further I got into the story the more believable and endearing she and her autistic brother became. The rest of the well developed, odd, original characters kept me interested and amused. A fun romp into Hicksville with just a bit of "Carl Hiaasen's like", type of strange humor.
Michelle Babb's narrative was excellent. She captured the essence of each character and added to each of their personalities.
I think everyone who has ever signed up for an email account has received one of those messages from someone in a far off land seeking the heir to a fortune or just needing a little help processing a complicated banking situation. If you haven't received one, just check your spam folder...believe me, it's there. With these scams being such a common occurrence I'm surprised this is the first time I've seen it used in a book plot. It worked perfectly in this storyline and turned out to be a great platform to show how people can be your best friend when it benefits them but they can also be the first ones to kick you when you're down. In Cupidity, author: Patricia Wood did a great job building up the dynamics of a small, dysfunctional town and showcasing a likable (but gullible) heroine. I enjoyed her character and also really liked her brother and her late Uncle E who had a surprisingly strong voice in this story as his memorable quotes were peppered throughout.
I have to admit, the cover art on this novel had me skeptical. But the phrase “Don't judge a book by its cover” couldn't be more true. Cupidity is light and delightfully funny, but it also brings some other emotions along with it including loyalty, protectiveness, betrayal, suspense, and anger. Despite the title, this story is not a romance, but I ended up really enjoying it anyway and found it engaging and pleasantly entertaining. If you enjoy the chick-lit genre and are ready for a fresh plot, then consider reading Cupidity.
My favorite quote:
“Blood is thicker than water. You start being ashamed of your family, next thing you know you're ashamed of everything in your life. And shame grows on you. It does. Pretty soon it's the only thing you feel.”
None, I've never read a book with a similar plot. The narrator: Michelle Babb reminded me so much of Anna Fields, the fabulous narrator for all of Susan Elizabeth Phillips's audiobooks.
Narrator: Michelle Babb reminded me so much of Anna Fields, the fabulous narrator for all of Susan Elizabeth Phillips's audiobooks. So similar! Like vocal doppelgangers if there is such a thing! Narrators can make or break a book and Ms. Babb did a great job. Her narration really helped to bring out the unique personalities of each character. I'll be keeping my eye out for her other work!
I listened to it over the course of two days. If I had the opportunity, I probably would have listened to it in one sitting.
Note: I received a gifted copy of this audiobook from the narrator: Michelle Babb in exchange for an honest review.
This is one of those books that will make you laugh and cry. I had moments where the sheer stupidity of someone's actions that I forgot I was reading a book and felt bad for them.
This is a clean read- no cursing, no sex. It was refreshing and I loved how weird some of the people are...kind of reminds me of people you meet in real life!
Seeing the relationship between brother and sister was nice and I liked how mental illness was handled.
You could also say it's a Christian book. Not a 'shove it down your throat' religious book, but one where our main character respects her religion even if she doesn't go to church once a week. I'm not religious, but it was still a sweet, funny, inspirational read. This is something that can be enjoyed by anyone who's been in a tight spot before and appreciate it.
The narrator did a wonderful job giving different voices to the characters. Some of those voices are extremely unique- I'd definitely listen to something narrated by her again.
I received a free copy of this book from the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The book was just too over-the-top for my own taste. I had a difficult time getting past so many characters who were eccentric, mean or stupid--and I'm not talking about Jar. A few people who were a bit more likable, believable or even skeptical would have improved the book for me. The fact that so many people just patently believed in Tammy's inheritance was just too unrealistic for my taste. I also had issues with the "how bad can things get?" before the book's resolution. If the book had come to a resolution a little sooner, I may have enjoyed it more.
Probably. I think that it's probably me--I am too practical and serious--and this book turned out to be not in my own personal wheelhouse.
Michelle did a great job. There were a great number of characters (and I do mean characters!) and she was able to give each of them a different voice and personality. It took awhile for me to get into his rhythm, but I especially appreciated her voice characterization of Jar.
Yes. The book did have an underlying message that it doesn't take money to be happy--that love is what really makes people rich. Tammy and Jar had love and that's what they really needed. And there was a lovely scene between Madeline and Tammy that I enjoyed very much. It also spoke of love and gave a glimpse into the life and hopes of a young Uncle E.
Tammy Tyree had had an extremely difficult life and was, in the end, all about taking care of her family, especially her younger brother., which is admirable. I think the hardest thing for me was that I found Tammy's extreme gullibility and naivety almost impossible to get past. Combine that with the greedy and eccentric people who peppered the book, and it was a dfficult listen for me.
I was given a copy of this book by the narrator in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.
Norwegian in a English world!
Cupidity: A Novel is my first Patricia Wood book! Cupidity is a sequel, and although I didn’t read the first novel ahead of time, it stood well on its own. It is not feeling like a sequel at all, so i guess that is a plus! And how fun is it? A lot fun! That is how fun! The author has a delightful sense of humor that is shown all true this fantastic book! The characters are so well created that you want to meet them and drink some tea! Patricia Wood is maybe new for me, but i am happy to say i would love to hear more from her!
My first meeting with Michelle Babb too. I will say that maybe some of the humor in the book is lost with her. She reads this a bit to straight for my taste, i wish she almost was a bit more funny in her voice! When that is said: I still give her a 4,4 out of 5, so we are close to perfect!
9 hrs and 20 mins never bores me, and i think Michelle Babb is a part of that happening! So i am looking forward to hear her again! I think that is a testimony about how good it is!
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com
I think I might pick up little things I missed the first time because I was trying to figure out the ending - which was great
I liked the build up. Couldn't figure out how it would end except very badly - great surprise ending
Jar (sp) I really liked how she expressed his expletives. They made me smile and really made him a very likable character.
I did like Jar but Tammy was very memorable. I have started using "beeswax" a lot since listening to this. I liked how she kept talking about everyone knowing her beeswax among other things.
I really liked how Michelle had different inflections and voices for different characters. It really made the book easier to listen to since I didn't have to back it up and figure out who was talking. Overall this was a very pleasant/edge of my seat book to listen to. The build up was excellent and I really enjoyed the ending. Makes me want to listen again to experience the story all over again.
Normally the heroes of novels are super at something—good looks, smarts, sexiness, etc. You wouldn’t think a foolish young woman and her simple brother would qualify to be anyone’s heroes. But in Cupidity they are. The one super trait Tammy Tyree has is a positive outlook on life. She’s a genuine optimist (or as her Uncle E says an ‘optometrist’) whose determination through trials and tribulations amused me. Malapropisms and naive misunderstandings make Cupidity a humorously outlandish tale to be sure, but the author’s details of Tammy’s penny-pinching poverty are so real they touched my heart. I rooted for her and her brother to the very end.
The characters were unlike any I’ve ever known before. The author’s descriptions were great to begin with, and the narrator really brought them to life through her talented and nuanced voices, even managing the challenge of Jar’s unusual speech deficiency.
Cupidity is a sequel, and although I didn’t read the first novel ahead of time, it stood well on its own. I was given a free copy for the purposes of review, but was not pressured in any way to do anything but give an honest opinion.
Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
The narrator did a superb job - really forgot she was there most of the time which to me is the best compliment to give. I love it when the story unfolds like a movie in my mind effortlessly and I don't have to figure out who's speaking or what's going on.
The characters and their relationships with each other.
The accents and a wide variety of tones for different characters helped me paint them in my mind.
There were SO many moments. These characters felt very real even if the story did not always seem real (and really it doesn't matter how real the story is -listen and you'll understand). They are not politically correct or any kind of correct and you can't help but love them. Its rare to feel so connected to people I know don't exist!
This book is a blast! I really did chuckle out loud several times and I really did cringe out loud. The ending was my least favorite part of book but I still give it 5 stars. I will be telling my friends about this book. I will probably be quoting this book (and copying the soups) for some time. The symbolism used by author was simple and perfect for this book.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
Who hasn't got at least 1 of those scam emails where a stranger claims they have "millions of dollars" to send you? It's happened to us all, and I'll admit the first time I ever got an email like that (before I knew it was a scam) I had that moment of excitement and confusion. What's great about this story is that it expands on that feeling, with Tammy being the naive and unsuspecting victim.
Tammy has had a rough life, her and her special needs brother Jar were orphaned & then taken in by her Uncle E (who has a knack for getting in trouble with the law). Despite all that has happened to Tammy she is always optimistic and believes in the best in others. That character trait however is what took her down the rabbit hole when she gets an email about an inheritance of 5 million dollars.
On its surface that's the main plot of the story, but there is so much more to it. You have a villain who takes the story on twists & turns that will have you feeling deep anger, fear, & joy. The narration is what brings this story alive and I adore the work that Michelle Babb does. She portrays everyone so well, especially Jar with his broken speech & Tammy who speaks with some hilarious southern twang and says things like, "none of your beeswax!"
At the heart of this though this story is about hope, and being thankful for what you have. It's a reminder to look around and count your blessings, hug your loved ones a little bit tighter, and never stop seeing the good in people. It's a must listen, and I'm so thankful I was given the opportunity to read and review this book. It was given to me in exchange for an honest review, and all opinions I shared are honest & of my own thoughts. I would use a credit for this in a heartbeat
This book will take you on one hell of an adventure! It all begins with an elusive email from a doctor in Botswana. If Tammy Tyree follows his instructions, wiring money through to him, she will attain 5 million dollars (a fortune she supposedly inherited).
Awesome, but we've all encountered this sort of 'scam', pop- up email, at some point or another. But for Tammy this is her first, and she's a gullible young thing: she signs herself up. And as you'd expect, money begins to disappear from her account. To the point that, she can't fulfil all the instructions, she can't pay the doctor for his services in getting her fortune to her. This is when it all spirals out of control: Tammy's secret is out, and all of a sudden her whole town wants to help out. They invest in her fortune, and they invest A LOT. But she has the most to lose, as a struggling waitress holding down four jobs and on the constant search for more, she doesn't have a lot as it is. Then, there's her little brother who's already been subjected to a tough life, because of his autism. Just how will she manage wben faced with an empty account, and no fortune to be found? What a mess! How will she break it to her friends or, rather, investors? Is she herself just a scam artist?
This book was indeed hilarious: the absurdity of Tammy's gullibility was astounding. The ending was a shock. In all honesty, whem I heard the storyline I didn't think this would be quite an engaging story- I figured it would be a depressing story with down on their luck characters. This was not the case, at all. Tammy's gullibility and optimism, against pretty much anything (but not everything) she faced was incredible. All in all, it was written well. You can count on laughing at every strange event or occurrence: for the Tyree clan, trouble is an inevitability you just have to deal with. All they really are is misunderstood. Or perhaps, I'm just a little gullible ;)
I loved the story, it was also excellently narrated. This has to be one of Michelle Babb's best works. I've been listening to this audio book for over a week, I'd have finished it sooner had I had the time. But, with most audio books, the narration detracts from your enjoyment. From all of Michelle's work, I can't recall this being the case. Her voice was fitting, and she did the characters justice, considering just how difficult they must have been.
I received this audio book from the narrator, free of charge, for the purpose of writing an honest review.
"Batty tale about Nigerian scam emails"
I enjoy audiobooks in general, I have read Lottery by the author before. The narrator managed to capture the various voices and accents quite well, especially Tammy's.
It was all in the build-up really, with a lot of plotlines coming together at the end. I wouldn't want to give it away!
Tammy Tyree, the naive yet loveable waitress who responds to the Nigerian email promising her money...
The relationship between Tammy and her autistic brother Jar is well written, with many scenes showing her motherly love for him, her acceptance.
This caught my eye as I was unexpectedly delighted with Lottery when I discovered that by accident a few years ago, and I was more than happy to try a new Patricia Wood. Glancing at the blurb, the theme of underdogs encountering potential good fortune was a formula I was quite glad to try on audiobook.
Narrator-wise, the audiobook was fine, a range of voices for the different characters, with the accents setting the scene well. Tammy Tyree is a young waitress, living with her ne'er-do-well, scheme-happy Uncle and autistic younger brother Jar (who speaks a language only Tammy can translate - for us as well as the neighbourhood). She's been saddled with responsibility beyond her years, but maintains an upbeat attitude most of the time about her debts, bills and future, though it does look grim.
Her silver lining one day appears - in the form of an email from a man in Africa, promising her a share of a Tyree inheritance from a dead relative, if only she can send funds to release it first... Finally, Tammy has got some good luck! And maybe the small decaying town she lives in can share in it too.
Hilarious plot, the jaw-droppingly eye-wateringly naivety, the shovelling deeper into the mire, Tammy is both our guide and a woman we want to scream at and take in hand. You KNOW it can't end well - can it?
It all goes a bit madcap (and would all her colleagues and acquaintances REALLY believe it too?!), and insane, with other relations wanting a piece of the action as Tammy's secret potential fortune becomes common knowledge.
Thoroughly enjoyed this, despite the glaring insanity of the whole plot. Tammy and Jar make a very sweet sibling pair, his condition quite well portrayed. Tammy herself manages to be both loveable and infuriating. I would have loved more Uncle E and his made-up vocabulary.
Crazy, crazy idea - works brilliantly well as a book (and could be a very good film as well). Has a bit of everything, and you really can't quite see what is going to happen at the end. A perfect summer light read, will keep you guessing, smiling and checking your emails :)
With thanks to the narrator for providing a copy of the audiobook, for review purposes.
"an entertaining romp"
Cupidity is a fun little tale of life in small town America, as told by a beleagured but straight up female member of the town's supposedly "naughty family". The story itself is engaging, all the characters well developed, and the narration is very smooth and well voiced by Michele Babb
, I particularly enjoyed her efforts at narrating Jar's responses: a challenging exercise in conveying how an autistic teenage boy might communicate; she does a good job.
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