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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

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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

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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.


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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.

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A Little Weird...

This is a book that you need to really pay attention to while listening to it... or you will keep going back to know what’s going on, lol! It’s kind of weird, but fun. Every now and then the author takes you to times in the past and either Feather or Bubbles are remembering something from their youth, which helps to understand the characters better. I liked it that Feather (the daughter) gets to understand her mom while both go on a spur of the moment trip to Mexico.

Anna Crowe’s narration was a little dry at times, but I got used to it. Overall she did a good job, and as a plus she pronounced words in Spanish very well.

I received this audio-book free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!!!

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Not my cup of tea

I received a copy of this book via AudioBoom in return for an objective review, but in honesty, I probably shouldn't have requested this title. Beware exclamation marks! This book honestly admits to magical realism, and I guess I'm just too mired in the here-and-now to get carried away. I've read and enjoyed other books in the genre, but I got caught up in the nitty-gritties of this one and couldn't let go. Example: fairly early in, during one of the many non-linear leaps into the past, Bubble's grandmother is described as someone who loved to knit. She knitted constantly, including while she was churning butter. Well, I just got stuck on that one. Maybe people can experience out-of-body experiences, maybe a 90-year-old can experience life like a 30-year-old, many animals can communicate, but dammit, NO ONE can knit and churn butter at the same time. Many readers and listeners enjoyed this, so if your mind is more open than mine, please do not be put off by this review!! Enjoy the fling!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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