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Plagued all her life by her roisterous husband, straitlaced, outspoken, domineering Maudie is now on her own. Invited by her two daughters and her son to spend four months with each of them, she leaves Glasgow for the first time, uncertain of what awaits her. But what she finds in the very different homes of her children is not what she expects, causing her to reassess her life.
©1967 Margaret Forster; (P)2006 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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Waiting for a change

Great idea, Really enjoyed the reading of it. But we never found out anything about her children, how they were and ultimately Maudie never changed. All of the experiences should have done something to her, otherwise whats the point. Disappointed in the end of it. Could have been so much better and meant something.

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  • Liz
  • Adelaide, South Australia
  • 09-29-16

Superb!

Wonderful characterisation of a respectable buttoned-up Glasgow housewife of the 5os. Jacqueline King's narration is outstanding, she absolutely nails Maudie's primness, as well as doing the Scottish, Yorkshire and American accents perfectly.

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  • Laura
  • Moncton, NB, Canada
  • 08-29-12

At first I didn't like it, but...

I found Maudie Tipstaff a very annoying character, but as the book went on, I began to see things a bit more through her eyes. It was a 3part book, and throughout each interaction of characters, the world of Maudie Tipstaff expanded.

It was a satisfying book because it was so character-driven, filled with unusual situations and people.

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  • Shirley
  • Craigieburn, Australia
  • 12-26-11

a good lesson in cause and effect

Great book about a rigid women and the effect she has on all who surround her, easy to listen to, kept me interested all the way through, very good narration.

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  • girorv
  • montreal, QC, Canada
  • 12-13-11

mad maudie

This is not a charming sweet old lady, but we do come to understand her. We get to know her as she travels to see her children and what she learns about herself as she interacts with them. Jacqueline King does a wonderful job reading, bringing a lot of warmth to Maudie and the characters. The story moves along well and makes for an entertaining listen.

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  • Joan
  • 02-16-07

Nostalgia with bite.

If, like me, you are old enough to have done battle with disapproving aunties and Mums back in the 1960's, this will all be very familiar! Margaret Forster has the most wonderful ear for conversations with a fierce old body who can't bring herself to mention certain subjects, but has determindly fixed ideas on everything else! It is very funny and touching, and Jacqueline King's excellent reading will have the catchphrase 'Dear God!' ringing in your ears for a long time to come.

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  • Helena
  • 09-17-13

Ok, but ....

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'd read books by Margaret Forster before, but I had not realised that this one was set in the 1960s pre-decimal era, and the character therefore a product her time and uprbringing. The story was not fast paced, but the main problem I had was with the disagreeable character of Maudie. She was instantly recognisable as a kind of Scottish sourpuss I remember from my youth, but would rather forget! So I have to hand it to the author and the narrator: brilliant characterisation, and great mastery of accents. Please God I don't ever meet Maudie, though, and thank God that she is not my mother! I'd like to say it was bittersweet, but there was more bitter than sweet in Maudie, even towards the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Scatty Sallie the middle daughter

Which character – as performed by Jacqueline King – was your favourite?

Maudie

Could you see The Travels of Maudie Tipstaff being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No. It's too dated, not enough plot

Any additional comments?

Maudie espouses a type of mealy mouthed disapproving older woman I sincerely hope we have seen the back of!

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  • Rosaline
  • 11-22-10

Dear God!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book ... 'Dear God!' will forever bring Maudie to mind. She is a well rounded character with depth, irritating as most elderly parents are, and entertaining. Good narration too.

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  • lesley
  • 02-15-10

a good " listen"

a well spent credit! I really enjoyed this down load. Its beautifully crafted individuals were so real to me. Any one interested in people and how they interact with each other will find it enjoyable

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  • Patricia
  • 01-16-10

Brlliant

'Dear God' is still ringing in my ears. Whilst listening to this wonderful tale, my bus was being terminated from the destination it showed when I got on the bus. 'Dear God' was buzzing in my ear at that precise moment in time and I had visions of Maudies's lips being 'handbagged' as mine were at that moment in time. Forster has always been very good at the oberservation of family relationships. I beleive that we all have a 'Maudie' in our family.

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