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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Audiobook
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Written by: 
Winifred Watson
Narrated by: 
Frances McDormand
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Audiobook

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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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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    "Three Cheers for Persephone!"

    Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day is a book that defies description. It is fun and thoughtful and full of insite. Quick moving, with never a dull moment. We follow Miss Pettigrew for one day of her life, but that day changes her life forever. If you have seen the movie, there are differences, but the core of the story is the same. And Frances McDormand, who played Miss Pettigrew in the movie, does a wonderful job of reading the story. Persephone Books, who reissued this long out of print story, also arranged for the recording of the audiobook, and I am so very glad that they did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-14-11
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Cinderella meets Liza Doolttle"

    I have not seen the movie, but the trailers looked interesting, so I was enticed to download the book. I was completely charmed, and can't think how the movie could measure up, if only because I can't imagine how a movie could adequately convey the thoughts going through Miss Pettigrew's head that gave color and depth to her character and helped to carry the story along. Along with Miss P I looked forward to each new happening throughout her special day, watching her bloom into the person she was always meant to be. I was rooting for her all the way, delighting in her transformation. This is exactly what I enjoy most about audible books - an engaging story that makes me care about the characters, well read to bring those characters to life. I hated for it to end.

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    "Cute!"

    This is a sweet happy story and will make you feel good! When you're feeling down get this audiobook. It'll cheer you up.

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    "Perfectly read, charming character"

    While at first I had some trouble relating to such a timid creature as Miss Pettigrew is at the outset - the reading was so perfect and on the spot that I warmed up to her. As the story develops Miss Pettigrew develops and despite the outrageous improbability of it all, in such a natural and charming manner, it truly captured me.

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    "So much fun"

    I loved this book. It was so much fun and I found myself laughing out loud several times.

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    Kathryn S. Daugherty Duluth, MN United States 07-26-10
    Kathryn S. Daugherty Duluth, MN United States 07-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun and old fashioned"

    I loved listening to this one. The narrator is lively and easy to listen to. The story is charming. It gives a little insight into the restricted lives women led "back in those days".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pam El Dorado, AR, United States 07-17-10
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    "Charming!"

    After a long day (or week) in the real world, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day offers a welcome diversion. The characters are endearing and the story is delightful. Read it and feel good.

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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 07-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "fun book"

    This is a wonderful feel good book. You feel uplifted by her experience but it is not so "cute" that you can't buy into it. I loved this book!

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    Hilary 06-21-10
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    "Delightful"

    Absolutely delightful altogether,delicious comedy romance perfectly narrated.

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    Joseph R Dry Prong, LA, USA 01-06-10
    Joseph R Dry Prong, LA, USA 01-06-10
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    "Guinevere's Excellent Job Interview"

    This book burns along at warp speed. There is absolutely not a moment for a body to catch a breath. Frances McDormand's performance is brilliant. She catches every nuance. She made the story her own. As I am sure you recall, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" is story of one glorious perfect day in the life of the Soviet prisoner Ivan Denisovich. For this one day in a life of total misery and Spartan existence, Fate and Fortune smile on the wretched man and he lives for a few fleeting and splendid hours. Like Ivan, Miss Pettigrew escapes if only for a few hours from the oppressive non-existence of the governess Gulag Archipelago; one envisions Agnes Grey. One day, Miss Pettigrew strayed through the looking glass into the ditzy world of the singer-actress Delysia LaFloss where she is valued for herself, her opinions are sought and considered, a world of light and happiness, drama and intrigue, life and possibilities, kisses, hugs and naughtiness. This is a great book; a fun book; a satisfying book.

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