40 Love

A Novel
Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
3.7 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Everyone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as certain. While the couples’ children amuse themselves with pony rides and rehearsals for a play, the adults suffer a series of personal revelations and crises. Wickham’s nonstop action reveals at every turn that matters may not be as they seem, and in the end one thing is crystal clear: the weekend is about anything but tennis.

©1995 Madeleine Wickham (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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I had to start over because the characters were hard for me to keep straight

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Money can't buy happiness!

What did you love best about 40 Love?

It's a perfect example that money can't buy happiness.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 40 Love?

As the weekend progresses, financial deals are made and broken, an old lover shows up at the party putting one of the couple's marriages in jeopardy and friendships are tested.

Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

Patrick Chance and his wife.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, because it was very unclear where the story was going in the first few chapters, but then it was great.

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Boring in the beginning, better in the end.

To many details in introducing characters/introduction went on to long. The end picked up though.