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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Audiobook

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.
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Publisher's Summary

Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever.

This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

Winifred Watson grew up in Newcastle and was a secretary until, in 1935, she married Leslie Pickering, the manager of a timber firm. She wrote six novels in all and died in 2002.

©2000 The Estate of Winifred Watson; (P)2008 Persephone Books

What the Critics Say

"Miss Pettigree is irresistible, a perfect mix of wistfulness and joy, substance and froth." (Tracy Chevalier)
"Pure Cinderella fantasy farce with beaus, bounders, negligees and nightclubs - Miss Pettigrew's blossoming is a delight to observe." (The Guardian)

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    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 11-22-10
    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 11-22-10 Member Since 2011
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    "a bit of fun history story"

    so fun you go girl miss pettigrew i had fun listening to this one i may even read it

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacki hemet, CA, United States 09-07-10
    Jacki hemet, CA, United States 09-07-10
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    "I cannot praise this book enough."

    What a waste that Ms Watson did not publish more books, this book has entered a favorite all time spot on my books list. I was sorry when it ended, and instantly googled to see if Miss Pettigrew reappeared in another book -- unfortunately not. But I'm glad I didn't miss this book! Thanks to Frances McDorman for bringing Miss Petrigrew to life, I felt I shared the day with both of you!

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    Sarabaite 08-14-10
    Sarabaite 08-14-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun, breezy"

    As endearing as any comedy-romance I've seen, with the benefits of being well-told and well-read.

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    Ruth jeffersonville, IN, United States 08-03-10
    Ruth jeffersonville, IN, United States 08-03-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Totally enjoyable"

    I loved this book. It was really fun, don't know if it is better than the movie?

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    Liz Desboro, Ontario, Canada 06-18-10
    Liz Desboro, Ontario, Canada 06-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Narration"

    The great narration of this book made it a truly enjoyable experience.

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    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 09-19-10
    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 09-19-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Less than one star!"

    This is easily the worst book I have ever gotten from Audible. Tried four or five times to listen to it........finally got almost halfway through during a time when I had absolutely nothing else to listen to. Even then halfway was the most I could do before I deleted it. Silly, silly, silly!!! Can't believe that I am the only one who felt that way.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S 02-27-11
    S 02-27-11
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    "Slow start...better ending"

    This book got off to such a slow start that I almost abandonded it. Finally, about 35 minutes into it, the characters began to be a little more interesting, and the circular conversations began to make some sense. The author is apparently trying so hard to be mysterious and cute that she makes the characters boringly repetative and the story boringly obscure, but it does get better, and the characters more real, if you stick with it. I actually enjoyed the last 45 min of it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Midwest Lady Indiana 04-20-12
    Midwest Lady Indiana 04-20-12 Member Since 2016

    Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.

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    "Entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day the most enjoyable?

    Good story. Fast paced. English comedy style. Interesting view of the times.


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    Jenn 03-15-11
    Jenn 03-15-11
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    "Twaddle"

    The is one of the lamest books I've ever tried to listen to. The characters are just stupid. I couldn't finish this book because I really wanted to slap them all. How in the world did it get such high ratings?

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    beatrice El Cerrito, CA, United States 11-05-10
    beatrice El Cerrito, CA, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "excruciating"

    This is the type of book my friend Ilene and I wished we were writing in middle school (without the racial purity bits, of course), when we filled the pages of composition notebooks with our sitcom fantasies. It is, in a word, sophomoric. It was while listening to this book that I came to appreciate the futility of adjectives. Two stars for Frances McDormand's lively performance.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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