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Publisher's Summary

Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she's mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they've hired a lawyer and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can't sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope, and finds love, is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.

But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does...will she want it back?

©2005 Sophie Kinsella (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    5 out of 5 stars

A wild ride!

I absolutely adore Sophie Kinsella and this one of hers was a riot! The story was not at all believable, but oh so much fun and really different. It was purely silly and zany, and it made me so uncomfortable all at the same time. I thought the narrator was a teeny bit "off" on some of the male character's voices, but I got used to it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Abridgement was a mistake

Would you consider the audio edition of The Undomestic Goddess to be better than the print version?

Absolutely not. The Undomestic Goddess is my favorite book of all time, and I read it a least once every three months. The Undomestic Goddess is just a perfectly light, funny, yet interesting and clever read, I joined audible so I could hear it while I did other things. But they cut out so many of the small things that push this book to the next level that I was upset. They made this story way too basic, and left out things that explained the jokes that were made later on. Not just that, but they cut out some of the stronger character moments like Sam standing up to her mother and refusing a job offer where she would have to basically start her career again. Additionally, there a
re a lot of things, like emails and questionnaires that simply don't translate properly into audio. It just lost its charm in all that was taken out.

What other book might you compare The Undomestic Goddess to and why?

None. The Undomestic Goddess is so unique and I've been searching for something similar for many years. I would suggest Sophie Kinsella's books, Can You Keep A Secret, and Twenties Girl though.

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice wasn't quite how I imagined Samantha, Guy's american accent was terrible, and I really hated the Scottish brogue she gave Nathaniel and Iris. It alright for me to get past and I loved her Trish voice, but her characters voices were not at all how I ever will picture those of the characters when I read the books. But, I did pick to listen to the abridgement because the unbridged version's narrator was waaay too posh that I couldn't give it a chance. Sometimes the inflection and way things are said aren't how I pictured them.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was very disappointed because this is my favorite book and the voices were wrong and too much of the good things were cut out.

Any additional comments?

If you want a proper experience of this story, please make sure you either read the book or listen to the full version because this is an amazing story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Brighton, MI, USA
  • 08-17-05

Entertaining

I enjoyed the book, loved the characters, and was sorry to see it end. I thought the beginning moved a bit slow, but after an hour, I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for her next book. Thanks

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Must read for busy women who want a good laugh

This a very funny, well written book. After just a few paragraphs you can start to visualize the characters and scenes. Perfect for a good laugh with some love and sad twists.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Diane
  • Franklin, TN, USA
  • 06-13-07

Cute Story

The story is cute, but the narrator's voice is screechy. I can only listen for short bits and then I have to turn her off. :(

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I loved it

I found myself so caught up in the main character. I felt her fears and her frustrations as well has her joys. I have been telling my friends about this book, and I highly recommend it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Undomestic Goddess Is A Hoot

This book is a hoot! The plot is far-fetched, and yet I can see so much of myself in Samantha Sweeting. Sophie Kinsella came into my life when I truly needed to laugh. Once again, she has perfectly met my need. I highly recommend any of Kinsella's books for those of you needing a break from the serious, real world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Therese
  • Frederiksberg C Denmark
  • 08-18-05

I LOVED IT

It made me laugh and cry.... a great escape from every day life :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Ok...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Maybe. The story is okay, but it is a bit predictable/formulaic. Might be good for a break from the usual books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nathaniel’s mom.... can’t remember her name.... but she was pretty chill.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene with Samantha and Nathaniel’s mom make bread.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There wasn’t any.

Any additional comments?

No.

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Funny and cute

This book was so funny and cute. I listened to it every chance I got.