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Vinegar Girl Audiobook

Vinegar Girl: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty, and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies.

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister, Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work - her preschool charges adore her, but their parents don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: His brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: This time he's really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

©2016 Anne Tyler (P)2016 Random House Audio

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"Everyone loves Anne Tyler." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place." (Newsday)

"You are involved before you even notice you were paying attention.... Her feel for character is so keen that even hardened metafictionalists [who] would happily fry the whole notion of 'character' for breakfast are reduced to the role of helpless gossips, swapping avid hunches about the possible fates of the characters." (Tom Shone, The New Yorker)

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    Richard Lockport, NY, United States 06-28-16
    Richard Lockport, NY, United States 06-28-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Moderately engaging plot. Performance not so much"

    This was a predictable plot moderately interesting. Would have been better as a library loan than a purchase.
    What really detracted was the performance. The reader was good and consistent however she sounded like she was speaking down a pipe. Hollow and kind of like speaking in a tile bath. I found the performance annoying.

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    Christina L E Eastman 09-14-16
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    "Nope, not my favourite."

    I wasn't even able to finish this one. And I usually love Ann Tyler's work.

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    Annette USA 08-21-16
    Annette USA 08-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another Delightful Tyler novel"

    Fun retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, with quirky characters. I grew fond of them and hated for the story to end.

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    Jennifer 08-12-16
    Jennifer 08-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Charming Shrew Update"

    I am a fan of both The Taming of the Shrew as well as Anne Tyler so I was eager to get a hold of this book. Got through it in less than a day and enjoyed every minute of it. Not overly romantic, but sweet, funny and quirky the way only Anne Tyler can be. Maybe not my favorite Tyler, but worth the read. Why would you want to catch flies in the first place? Good question.

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    alicia johansen 08-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Completely entertaining"

    Well read and entertaining. Really enjoyed the accents. Refreshing story of hope, love and family

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    Mama C 07-23-16
    Mama C 07-23-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Worth Reading"

    This got great reviews and I love "The Taming of the Shrew," so I thought I'd give the book a try. Despite the slow start, it picked up and went quickly because I couldn't stop reading.

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    JoanVic 07-22-16
    JoanVic 07-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this book."

    A wonderful story! The narration is so masterfully performed that I would recommend the audio version over the print book! Anne Tyler is a national treasure! This is probably her best ever.

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    Hope 07-20-16
    Hope 07-20-16 Member Since 2011

    I love well-written books in virtually every genre. Quirky characters delight me, and it breaks my heart when a good plot is badly done.

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    "Well worth a listen"
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    I bought this audiobook for two reasons; I was curious about what would be done with such a problematical plot in a current setting and I know Anne Tyler as a very good author. I don't usually read Anne Tyler; I have had enough angst and deep sorrow in my own life that I choose to read books that don't put me through it.

    If I had had to rate Vinegar Girl in the middle of reading it I would probably have given it 3 stars. There is a lot of family dysfunction and I didn't love the characters. I was pretty uncomfortable; it was not happy reading, but it never reached the point where I thought seriously about not finishing. I am so very glad that I did finish. Anne Tyler really did take The Taming of the Shrew and make it work and beyond that, she made it make sense.

    If you know Shakespeare, you know the plot; Tyler certainly deviates from the original; she has to in order for the plot to make any sense in today's world. She does hit the high points of the play but I really had no idea how she would bring it all together at the end, but she does, and it is brilliant. I was completely charmed by her ending.

    I want to mention that I also appreciated that she kept the book very tight; it is short as audiobooks go these days, but it was the right length for what she accomplished; there was no filler in it. It is so much harder to skip filler in audiobooks than in print; I have sometimes loved the plot and characters in a book and have just been worn out by all of the extras thrown in. Thank goodness for a disciplined author and for good editors.

    Kirsten Potter was brilliant all the way through. I have heard her read before and she is one of the audio narrators who really shines in the profession.

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    craftywoman grand blanc mi 07-04-16
    craftywoman grand blanc mi 07-04-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Material for a movie"
    If you could sum up Vinegar Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, witty, romp


    What did you like best about this story?

    Capturing the essence of the social skills of the scientist while acknowledging their superior brain power.


    Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could take any character from Vinegar Girl out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The father. I would like to hear what he says about raising his daughters.


    Any additional comments?

    I have worked with Russians in the past. The reader has absolutely captured the accent and even the breathing of the Russians. The book should become a light comedy film. The wedding scene could compete with 4 Weddings and a Funeral! It's a light hearted farce. Loved it!

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    K. Mozingo Charlotte Hall, MD 07-03-16
    K. Mozingo Charlotte Hall, MD 07-03-16 Member Since 2015

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    "fun listen on a rainy day"

    as usual, Shakespeare makes for a fun, thought provoking story. Tyler's retelling was supremely fun and the narration was spot-on!

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