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The Friday Night Knitting Club Audiobook

The Friday Night Knitting Club

Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.
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Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.

However, unexpected changes soon throw these women's lives into disarray, and the shop's comfortable world gets shaken up like a snow globe. When the unthinkable happens, they realize what they've created - not just a knitting club, but a sisterhood.

©2007 Kathleen Jacobs; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Nominee, 2008 Audie Award, Fiction

"Kate Jacobs' breezy first novel reads like Steel Magnolias set in Manhattan." (USA Today)
"[P]oignant twists propel the plot and help the pacing find a pleasant rhythm." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Heather Redmond, WA, USA 05-24-08
    Heather Redmond, WA, USA 05-24-08
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    "Mindless Fiction"

    The book is fairly well-written even if the characters are a bit predictable. It's an easy, vacation read. However, the narrator kept getting in the way as I was listening to it. She does fine with the main character's voice, but many of the others are annoying. James, Perry and the Scottish Granny are all horrible. Having said that, I would recommend the actual book to a friend, but not necessarily the audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Imran Riaz 11-17-07
    Imran Riaz 11-17-07 Listener Since 2005
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    "huh?"

    I have never written a book review, but I felt compelled to do so after listening to this book. I often felt like I had missed a chapter or something as the story did not flow. I listen to my books when I am driving and found myself 'rewinding' to see what I had missed, which turned out to be nothing, it just didn't make sense.The ending just "happened,"--it seemed as if the author was paid to write x amount of words and had to shove in the final part.

    I agree with the others who did not like the narrator; she seemed to stereotype the characters in an unflattering manner.

    Last but not least, I have to say that I was not really interested in the fate of any of the characters. That to me, is the sign of a terrible story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    anmlfan 03-12-09
    anmlfan 03-12-09
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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this book, though I found some of the characters were a little annoying. It's a nice light book, and I really respected that the author did not end it in a trite predictable way (you'll have to listen to find out what happens)! Some of the characters are really interesting and are dealing with issues that a lot of women face.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tewkesbee Washington state 07-04-08
    Tewkesbee Washington state 07-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Charming story"

    A delightful story - especially listening to it as an audio book. The narrator is perfect for the story. At times, it seemed that the story will follow along stereotypical lines, but it swerved away from that. Charming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Roseville, CA, United States 05-24-08
    Monica Roseville, CA, United States 05-24-08
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    "Monica"

    I was hesitant to listen to this book due to the reviews. I had a friend recommend it so I decided to give it a try. I am happy to say,I did enjoy the book. I think that everyone can find a character that they relate to. I felt the author showed well that a persons life is all they choose to make of it, and that even though you may be different from someone, if you give them a chance you may find a friend.
    I actually have become interested in knitting!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    April L. Dorris Chattanooga, TN 07-11-07
    April L. Dorris Chattanooga, TN 07-11-07 Member Since 2013

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    "great book"

    I loved this book. What the narration lacked, the story line more than made up for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-19-13
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    "Well written, well performed"
    What made the experience of listening to The Friday Night Knitting Club the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book. It tells the tale of a group of women who come together through their talent (or lack of talent) with knitting. They are likeable women who live real lives.


    What about Carrington Macduffie’s performance did you like?

    She does such a great job making the distinction from one character to another, and there are a lot of characters! The older woman sounds like an older woman and the young women sound like young women.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I literally laughed out loud. And several times, I was brought to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    My only regret about this book is the way it ends. But I will probably get the next book(s) in the series, just to find out what happens with the women in the group.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 10-22-13
    Melissa 10-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "This book had a huge negative distraction!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am a fan of reading and listening to good books. Books with great storylines and plots that keep you on the edge of your seat. I listen to books mainly because I like to listen to them during my commute or when I am traveling. I choose books that are interesting to listen to and have an interesting plot. So to answer the question I chose this book because of the storyline. After clicking the accepted purchase button, I continued to read other reviews. One review pointed out the accents used by the narrator in the book and how they were sometimes strange, to say the least. But to stay focused the book took a long time go get through. It was rather long and I actually stopped towards the middle and started another book, finished that book and then continued.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dakota was my favorite character. She was spunky. Dakota and Anita's accents were the only ones that truly fit the character. Georgia seemed like a white girl trying to sound black at times. James although he was an educated architect somehow the narrator made him sound uneducated and ignorant. Black men and especially educated black men do not sound like that... research please....!!! During the dialogue for James I kept thinking with this voice he should be saying "Ho de do, ho de do"(Hold the door)

    K.C. was over the top and not in a good way.

    Darwin was strange and her accent was edgy and nervous. It just didn't ring true.

    Peri the assistant in Georgia's knitting store sounded like a cross between Puerto Rican and Jamaican. But then when it is mentioned that she comes from Chicago I am left scratching my head.

    Cat her voice isn't as annoying as most and she does reconnect with Georgia.

    Marty did sound Jewish if that's even possible.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voices were really not good at all. I tried to focus on the plot and put the voices out of my head but especially when James and Peri spoke it was difficult. Bad scene man, bad scene.


    Was The Friday Night Knitting Club worth the listening time?

    This was a book I would prefer to read on my own.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was generally good. Some of the story was unrealistic and some was just too sappy and attempted to pull at the heart strings way too much. And the attempt to make Georgia into a Saint was annoying. The fact that they had to make the dead beat father a black man was unnecessary. I know it fit with the storyline as far as Dakota being different and wanting to know her roots. But they played James as a deadbeat dad and then gave him the voice that sounded ignorant. So that was a double scoop of unacceptable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 08-18-13
    Mary 08-18-13
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    "Couldn't "get into" it."
    What disappointed you about The Friday Night Knitting Club?

    The beginning was so "dragged out" that I couldn't finish the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know at this time.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    When I came to a stopping place, I didn't feel an "urgency" to go back to it. It couldn't hold my interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FlyGirl 01-23-13
    FlyGirl 01-23-13 Member Since 2014

    Derby Princess

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    "Thought this was a mystery."
    What disappointed you about The Friday Night Knitting Club?

    Not my cup of tea for sure!!! Only read or listen to mysteries! This was in my library for a long time so I thought I should listen to it while waiting for my next credit. Turn more into just trying to get through it until that credit...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Turned dark at the end...taking all the enjoyment out of it for me. HATED the ending!!! HATED IT!!! Ruin the whole story and made me dislike it even more!!!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    ANNOYING when she she did the voice of the little girl!!! Made me hate it when her part was read.


    Any additional comments?

    Too heavy at the end.......didn't know how much I disliked the book until I started to listen to book 2.....just to depressing to try as listen to the next one. Thought about buying book 3 before I started book 2 and deleted it from my basket. Just don't want to listen to depressing stories again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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