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  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279

You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming book with an excellent narrator

  • By jc on 03-05-10

Magical Pairing of Author and Narrator

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-10

Helen Simonson's beautifully imagined characters and Peter Altschuler's amusing and poignant narration join together delightfully in this audiobook. While I'm sure that Ms. Simonson's book stands up well in print, Mr Altschuler brings great heart and, well, OOMPH, and drew me along to the exciting conclusion. Exactly what I'm looking for in a great audiobook - very satisfying.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • God Said,'Ha!'

  • By: Julia Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Julia Sweeney
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Resonated Big Time

  • By Haley on 09-15-08

Resonated Big Time

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-08

This book confirms that true stories are the most poignant and the funniest.

My pre-teen daughter, teen son and I listened to Julia's story five or six times during a cross-country road trip, cracking us up through 7 states. Several passages have entered our family's lexicon.

Thanks Julia for helping us deal with the loss of our husband/father. There is still plenty to laugh about!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful