©2004 Sophie Kinsella; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Too good to pass up." (USA Today)
This is chick-lit -- in the vein of Bridget Jones, the everyday girl in various humorous situations of getting ahead in her career, dealing with her too-blah boyfriend, fashion faux-pas, and family dysfunction. Certainly not ground-breaking literature, but lots of fun with giggle-aloud moments. If you like BJones, you will enjoy this book, it is much of the same (the characters, both male and female lead, are very similar in tone).
As for the narrator, she did a FABULOUS job with this book. In fact she pushes the 3-3.5 story to a 4 stars, just for her excellent delivery.
My first book with this author, but it is easy to see why her books are all best sellers. I laughed so hard listening to this hillarious book. Who would have thought that a few little secrets could weave such a tale.
I listen to books while on the treadmill and put in extra hours each day because I could not bear to turn it off. A must listen for anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
I bought this book because the narrator, Kate Reading is a great favorite of mine, I think because it is obvious she has fun at work. Like my other favorites, she has a trick of making an author's work her own almost as if she is making up the story as she goes. She is a wonderment with those glorious British words and phrases such as "gobsmacked", "cocked it up", "skivve out" and "fob me off". Was it Mark Twain who said that Britain and the United States were two great nations separated by a common language? Sophie Kinsella's goal in writing this book was not to instruct backward Yanks in current British slang but she sure was an education, a thoroughly enjoyable one.
This book is a big mouthful of pink cotton candy, a light romance all sugar and air. On a plane ride through hell, the heroine spills all her secrets to this total stranger including a few she didn't know she had. For instance, she had never been in love which would be news to her boyfriend. Worse, after she and the total stranger who turned out to be the CEO of her company started the "we", he manages to spill all her secrets on national television. Oh, this is a delicious book. The heroine is absolutely engaging. Her life is a mess. Her career is a mess. She is a mess, an adorable mess. It would be a delight to be around such a woman although she has the morals of an alley cat. One would worry about catching STDs from her. She is sort of a Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey) kind of heroine, a loose Catherine Morland. Maybe better, she's a Meg Ryan in that modernized "Pride and Prejudice" movie "You've Got Mail" who if you remember could never think of a good retort until it was too late. How little we know about even a prospective mate. Like Darcy and Elizabeth, what we know for sure about each other is often totally wrong.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The story is entertaining and the narration keeps your interest. I would recommend this selection for both men and women. The only warning is that it isn't for the puritanical. It is more PG-13 in my opinion but the main character is very open about her life.
This book was great! I listened to the whole thing in one day. If you liked the Shopaholic books then you'll love this one. The main character is much more down to earth and likeable than Becky Bloomwood. Although I liked that character a lot too. I laughed out loud so many times. It's a good thing I wasn't on the bus.
This book is so funny! If you want a sweet romance with a lot of laughs along the way you will really enjoy this book. The narrator is great too!
This book was so much fun! I couldn't wait to find excuses to listen to it. It's got all the humor of the Bridget Jones and Shopaholic books, but in this story, the main character begins the story in a happy relationship. There are so many unexpected twists and turns and lots of wacky characters that you won't get bored. I'm sorry that it's over!
When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!
I loved loved this story! It was so funny and light hearted. At times I felt like I was listening to Bridget Jones Diary. I loved the British accent, I felt it made the story really come to life! A perfect book to listen while cleaning the house or for a long car ride. I have listened to it twice now and still find myself laughing out loud!
I'm not a huge chick-lit fan, but decided to listen to this book based on other's reviews as well as to try something different from my usual thriller/mystery novel. I wasn't disappointed at all. The narrator is fantastic and did a wonderful job with this novel. The story itself is lighthearted and amusing and completely relatable to the average woman out there. I found myself laughing outloud several times, nervous for the heroine in uncomfortable situations, and sad during the more trying ones. I would definitely recommend this book to others, would listen again, and was so sad when it was over. A great listen during my travels to work and back - I have to admit, I was happy when there was traffic!
This is my favorite audible listen of all time, and I've listened to many. Of course, I'm not a "classic literature" kind of gal. But there isn't another story in Audible's library that comes close to the wit, romance and charm of "Can You Keep a Secret." I've listened to it twice already. Kinsella's "Undomestic Goddess" doesn't even come close to this, even though I bought it with such optimism after hearing "...Secret." Unless you are looking for intensity/drama/mystery/mayhem - I can't imagine how anyone couldn't thoroughly enjoy the wonderful humorous characters and loveable heroine in this story.
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