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This AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording of Alison Larkin's best-selling autobiographical novel about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents and herself in the US is followed by an exclusive interview with the author.

"Author and narrator Alison Larkin lights up the earphones with her portrayal of Pippa Dunn, a young English woman who discovers that her birth parents are Americans. Pippa decides to go to America to meet them and ends up finding herself-and true love. Larkin's heartfelt narration conveys Pippa's mixed up feelings of confusion and guilt-as well as the story's humor. Larkin moves delightfully between the various British and American accents. With gentle humor, she pokes fun at both American and British cultures while making it clear she loves them both. This audio experience is like watching a great romantic comedy. Have the tissues ready at the end-the romance is that good!" (AudioFile Magazine - Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award)

In addition to being a best-selling novelist and comedienne, Alison Larkin is also the award-winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks including The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and Peter Pan and The Inconsiderate Waiter by J. M. Barrie.

Larkin's interview with Grammy Award-winning producer Paul Alan Ruben is followed by "The DNA Song", lyrics by Alison Larkin, music by Gary Schreiner, and sung by Alison Larkin.

©2008 Alison Larkin (P)2018 Alison Larkin Presents

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Interesting Story

I was not a fan of this story at the beginning but as I listened to it and got over the foul language, I really got into the story. The heroine is adopted but although loved she still feels the need to find her real parents. She creates many characters to represent them but nothing beats the actual. The narrator added the emotions but many times she sounded like an American trying to speak British English. Most times she was in character so this did not distract from the story. The end was interesting though. I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review.

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Finding Home

I really enjoyed this story by Alison Larkin and was surprised that the premise was her own life. I loved how the character (Pippa) discovered her roots and siblings. The story was full of vivid imagery, realistic characters and natural feelings and emotions, plus some humor. I thought it was wonderful that the author and narrator were one in the same. They are very talented. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. The narration was awesome. I loved the singing that was included in the story and the small amount of music. Jack was another special character in this book.

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Wonderful story of finding your adoptive parents!

This is the story of an English girl meeting her American birth parents and discovering herself in the process. It also is an expose of the adoption laws which do not serve the adoptive kids well. To find her birth parents, she had to go through an incredible amount of red tape even though both the parent and the child wished to connect. She had to hire an investigator who specializes in ancestry to finally meet.

The book is absolutely wonderful! I didn't want the story to end! I wish there was a sequel! It is inspiring, funny, and sad. It is also beautifully narrated by the author. I was gifted a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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This book is simply perfect.

I do not say this often, but this book is perfect. Based on true events, it is a touching story about an American baby who is adopted by English parents. She is nothing like her adopted parents, although she loves them very much. As an adult she feels the need to find her birth parents in order to answer some questions and find herself. Her Georgia born, free spirited birth-mother could not be more of a contrast to her proper British mother. The story is very well-written, emotionally truthful, and poignant without ever portraying the adopted heorine as a victim. Don't let the perfectly captured emotional scenes fool you. This is a funny, smart, uplifting and inspiring book. The dialogue is hilarious. It is well-paced and perfectly perfomed. The narrator has an excellent singing voice. Often when an author performs her own work, it is a disaster. That is not the case here. She could not have chosen a better narrator than herself for this book.

There is a small amount of swearing that is authentic to the story. Since the heorine (and the author herself) are a result of an adulterous affair, the themes are necessarily adult. With that in mind, the book is relatively clean. No graphic sex. It is appropriate for older teens and adults. The story is amazing. I highly recommend it to every age appropriate person.

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  • Suzan
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  • 05-05-18

Didn't want the book to end :-)

Wow!!! I loved this book. I could not stop listening to it and then when it ended I didn't want to let it end. Funny, sweet, and touching. I always like to listen to books read by the author. Alison Larkin is wonderful narrating this book. Alison has a lovely voice that you instantly fall in love with. Adoption has been part of our family and some of the adult's have sot out their birth parents and this is so close to their stories. I loved how Alison tells about first meeting her birth Mom and then Dad and how she feels about coming to America after being raised in England. That feeling of coming home. Loved this book! Hope there is another. I was gifted this book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review. Thank you for the chance to hear it.

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Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

The English American is one of my all time favorite books. To find out that this award-winning recording has been released with an interview with the author AND the DNA song, which I heard Larkin perform live was a thrill.

Instead of the usual two-dimensional adoptee this novel has an authentic adopted heroine at it's center. Pippa is charming, British, flawed, human, idealistic, talented, untidy, unpredictable and the sort of character you fall in love with. She's a heroine who makes you laugh one minute and cry the next. And the narration! All I can say is WOW! Alison Larkin is a narrator at the very top of her game and in addition to writing a compelling story that makes you laugh one minute and cry the next, her observations about the differences between England and America are hilarious and true. I have spent a lot of time in both countries and I just love the whole thing!

Paul Ruben's interview with Alison Larkin is thoughtful and fascinating. Alison Larkin herself was adopted and the novel is autobiographical. This is very special. I love it.

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  • KatMari
  • 05-24-18

Heartwarming, thought-provoking and funny

This is a great story written and narrated by Alison Larkin. It deftly handles some really weighty issues, like identity and cross-cultural differences, with a wonderful lightness of touch. It's funny and moving all at once. I especially loved the warm and unflinching honesty of the protagonist. Perhaps because this work is semi-based on Larkin's real life experience, the whole result is a completely authentic and real heroine. Larkin is an accomplished narrator of many books already, and she lends her vocal skills to her own words beautifully.

I listened to this over 4 days and didn't want to stop! I hope Alison Larkin writes more, she's a real talent.