Guido and Vincent are childhood best friends - third cousins, really - living in Cambridge and dreaming about their futures. Guido plans to write poetry while Vincent feels confident he will win a Nobel prize for physics. When Guido spots Holly while exiting a museum, he can immediately sense that she will difficult, quirky, and hard to live with. He loves her on sight. Vincent, open-minded and cheerful, meets Misty at work. Though she is a bored and misanthropic brunette, he finds himself desperate to know her.
Through courtship, jealousy, estrangement, and other perils, Happy All the Time follows four sane, intelligent, and good-intentioned people who manage to find love in spite of themselves.
©1978 Laurie Colwin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I am a HUGE Laurie Colwin fan, and I feel awful complaining since I am astoundingly happy to finally have Laurie Colwin's books on audio. However, the reader of HOME COOKING is much better suited to Laurie Colwin's writing than this particular narrator.
This narrator is not BAD, he's just not right for Laurie Colwin. He would be a great narrator for the newsreel, NEWS OF THE WORLD. He is clear and can be understood. His voice is just not the right voice for a light, witty novel about love and manners.
For those who have come to love Laurie Colwin's stories, essays and novels there can be no greater treat than having audio recordings available. I thank Audible for having started to make these recordings available. However, I do think it's important to choose appropriate readers for the texts. This is also part of the art of making wonderful audiobooks.
This particular audio is preferable to no audio recordings of Laurie Colwin's work. But a better pairing of reader with text is definitely possible.
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