We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Fling! Audiobook

Fling!

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Is it possible to come of age at 60 or 90? Is it ever too late to fulfill your dreams? When 90-year-old Bubbles receives a letter from Mexico City asking her to pick up her mother's ashes, lost there 70 years earlier and only now surfacing, she hatches a plan. A woman with a mission, Bubbles convinces her hippie daughter Feather to accompany her on the quest. Both women have recently shed husbands, and have a secondary agenda: they'd like a little action. And they get it.

Alternating narratives weave together Feather and Bubbles' odyssey. The two women head south from Canada to Mexico, where Bubbles' long-dead mother, grandmother, and grandfather turn up, enlivening the narrative with their hilarious antics. In Mexico, where reality and magic co-exist, Feather gets a new sense of her mother, and Bubbles' quest for her mother's ashes - and a new man - increases her zest for life. Unlike most women her age, fun-loving Bubbles takes risks, believing she's immortal. She doesn't hold back in any way, eating heartily and lusting after strangers, exulting in her youthful spirit. Has Bubbles discovered a fountain of youth that everyone can drink from?

©2015 Lily Iona MacKenzie (P)2016 Lily Iona MacKenzie

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (16 )
5 star
 (6)
4 star
 (5)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.1 (16 )
5 star
 (7)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.2 (16 )
5 star
 (6)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Rhonda 08-22-17
    Rhonda 08-22-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    140
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    172
    171
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Odd and confusing"
    What disappointed you about Fling!?

    I thought I was following it ok and next thing I knew, I was so confused I didn't know what was going on. Very hard to follow.


    What three words best describe Anna Crowe’s performance?

    Her narration was good.


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

    Confusion


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shanna Tidwell Ft Worth, TX 09-11-16
    Shanna Tidwell Ft Worth, TX 09-11-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    58
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    110
    86
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful & brilliant"

    I was constantly telling people about this book while I was listening to it. I adored it! I haven't read Water for Chocolate since the early 90's but this book reminded me of it in many ways. It's magical & fantastical!
    Heather, Bubbles & Feather are 3 distinct characters who can also blend as one. The story telling of these characters was some of the best parts. The past & present blended well. You could visualize the time periods. I simply loved this book!
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon CustomerBeliever 09-08-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    687
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    755
    663
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Funny story"

    This could be a time travel but is not. A 90 year old(Bubbles, the mother) and her 60 year old (Feather, the daughter) daughter travel to Mexico to collect the ashes of Feather's grandmother. They are of Irish descent and believe in magic. Their misadventures kept me entertained as they became involved with the men of the country. The narrator was ver good. She told the story and all of the characters voices were the same. But did not distract from the story. Loved the conclusion.
    I was given this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ana Manwaring Wine Country 10-14-17
    Ana Manwaring Wine Country 10-14-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    13
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "La Alegría de la Vida"

    Like any compelling saga, the story is told in multiple points of view across a span of three lifetimes. Mackenzie’s language is straightforward and sensory. Her descriptions are vivid and progress to surprising comparisons and existential observations throughout the book. The story is told in both past and present tenses. Mackenzie’s skill in sliding in and out of tenses, and in and out of voices, is superb. Chapter headings clue readers into time periods and goddess images separate scenes. In the audio version, reader Anna Crow modulated her voice sufficiently that I could follow the changes and determine the speaker. I had no problem keeping up with her reading.

    Bubbles has convinced daughter Feather to come home to Calgary, Canada from San Francisco to celebrate her 90th birthday, but she has another motive. Bubbles has received a notice from the dead letter office in Mexico City, asking her to pick up her mother’s ashes, left seventy years earlier, when Heather left her family to go to Mexico with a married man. Bubbles wants Feather to take her to Mexico so she can recover the ashes and give her mother a proper burial.

    The story of their odyssey is woven together with the stories of their colorful Scottish ancestors, creating a family tapestry. In magical Mexico, Feather learns much about her mother. She hasn’t fully believed her mother’s story, but when Bubbles’ long-dead mother, grandmother, and grandfather turn up, she begins to understand the depth of her and her mother’s magic. Feather, who’s been seeking “The Goddess” for years, helped by Indian villagers mistaking Bubbles for a well-known rain goddess and praying for her to bring rain so their land will thrive again, realizes she’s overlooked her own mother.

    In part, the collision of the characters' Celtic roots and lore with the rich blend of Spanish colonial and indigenous Mexican characteristics and culture they encounter in Mexico is what makes this all work. The dead come to visit, old ladies are mistaken for long awaited goddesses, and people change while finding their dreams. Ultimately, it’s the joy of life, la alegría de la vida that is the fountain of youth and it can be found or re-found at any age. Fling! is a perfect book for now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lomeraniel Spain 10-10-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 10-10-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    170
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    189
    189
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It wasn't for me, narration was just okay"

    This is the story of Bubbles, a ninety-year-old Scottish living in Canada, who one day receives a letter from Mexico to pick up her mother’s ashes, dead seventy years ago. Bubbles recruits Feather, he daughter, and together the take a trip to Mexico, where incredible things are awaiting them.

    This book is full of hilarious and sad moments at once. It shows how two different and strong women have much more in common than they thought. I was quickly hooked to the story, and enjoyed the background stories of both, but after a while it got a bit confusing and the supernatural factor was a bit too much for me. It felt like inspired by ‘100 years of solitude’, but what worked for me in the other one, did not in this.

    I had issues finding Bubble’s vitality realistic, but my opinion may just be colored by my poor experience. When ghosts started to appear in the story, I suddenly started having issues connecting to the story and finding the dialogs kind of forced.

    After reading great reviews of this book I feel bad because I was not able to get it, but I think part of it was due to the narration. Anna Crowe’s narration was just okay, and definitely not good enough for me. All characters sounded exactly the same, and this made the book quite confusing at times, since we have mother and daughter talking to each other and reliving parts of their past. I think playing with accents would have provided so much added value to the story, but unfortunately, it is not the case. Bubbles is Scottish, and parts of the story are set in Scotland, but the accent keeps being the same from beginning to the end of the book. Adding this to the fact that all characters sounded the same, kind of ruined the book for me. I also found that the character’s interpretations could have been better. They sounded a bit flat and forced. The audio production was correct but I perceived a bit more reverberation than usual, and the the pauses between chapters felt also much shorter than what I am used to.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lenore Pemberton 08-26-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    65
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wild romp!"

    I enjoyed this audiobook – a mixture of family drama, humor, romance and fantasy. The narration was well done. I especially enjoyed the settings of Canada, Scotland and Mexico.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kimberly Smith Oklahoma City 08-18-17
    Kimberly Smith Oklahoma City 08-18-17 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    55
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    256
    88
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    55
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What just happened???"

    This book started out great but halfway through it got a little outrageous. I had a difficult time paying attention and understanding what was going on once all the dead ancestors showed up....and none of the other characters were surprised or thought it odd! The narration was good but I would've liked it better if it had been narrated with the characters' accents.

    I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tanya M. Spiegel Miami, Florida 03-27-17
    Tanya M. Spiegel Miami, Florida 03-27-17 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    64
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    234
    192
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Confusing"

    I listen to this book trying my best to understand just what it was I was listening too? Part sci fi? Part mother daughter story? Or was it a ghost story? The story seem to just have too many confusing things going on for me. Then when the author introduced the ghost of the dead grandmother it was like what? But then added in the dead grandparents of the dead grandmother?? It was way out there for me. I don't want to say I hated it as I thought some of it was good. But I can't say the middle and end made sense to me because it doesn't. Just didn't seem like a story after that more like a far out there movie. I received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dawn Baxter Springs, KS 03-04-17
    Dawn Baxter Springs, KS 03-04-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    72
    70
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun Adventure"

    I chose to review this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

    While listening to the first quarter or so of Fling, I wondered how I was going to get through the whole thing. The more I listened to it, though, the more it grew on me. Not only did Feather and Bubbles make things interesting, but some strange things were happening and they didn’t seem to think anything of it!

    The characters in Fling! are compelling. Bubbles is 90 years old and is quirky. Her daughter, Feather, is in her fifties and has always been unconventional. The two of them taking a trip to Mexico makes for an interesting story, especially once they get the ashes of Bubbles’ mother who died many years ago. When Bubbles’ mother, Heather, and her grandparents show up in the flesh, Bubbles and Feather think nothing of it.

    Feather, Bubbles, and Heather take turns thinking about the past. It got a bit confusing for me at times because I was listening to the audiobook and I couldn’t just flip back a couple pages to see who was talking at the time. They all did have interesting experiences in their pasts.

    The narrator, Anna Crowe, did a good job narrating. Her voice was clear and pleasant.

    I definitely recommend Fling! It starts out slow but it end up being a good, different story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Teresa 02-28-17
    Teresa 02-28-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    759
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    749
    738
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    23
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An Exciting Journey of a Lifetime"

    In Fling! the shenanigans the mother and daughter were involved in were hilarious. This audiobook was thoughtful and adventure-filled. From Mexico to Canada and in between, the story of mother and daughter bonding was eye-opening. This was a good story written by Lily Iona MacKenzie.

    I liked Anna Crow's narration. It was a little hard to understand a few times but overall a good job.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Cornish Maid
    9/13/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Could get confusing"
    Any additional comments?

    This book tells of the journey from Canada to Mexico by a mother and daughter to collect the grandmother's ashes. As the blurb says Granny comes back from the dead.
    If the story had been left at that point with the three women having some surreal reunion/adventure down in Mexico it would have been enough, in my opinion, but somehow additional deceased family members arrived, and it just got a little too ridiculous.
    Add in the constant jumps back to the past and how, where, why etc these people all came from and why they're the people they are now and it was just a bit too confusing to keep on top of.

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.