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Finding Penelope

Narrated by: Sarah Brady
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Thirty-three-year-old romance novelist Penelope Eames moves to Spain to avoid her oppressive father and drug-addicted brother, Dermot. When she meets Ramon, a young Spanish school teacher, she is immediately attracted to him and feels the happiness that eluded her all her life may at last be hers. However, she receives a distress call from Dermot saying he is at the mercy of Charlie Eliot, a pimp and drug dealer on the Costa. 

Ramon, whose mother was killed by a drug addict, tells her to have nothing to do with Charlie Eliot. Penelope must decide: Is she prepared to compromise herself with Charlie Eliot and jeopardize her chance of happiness with Ramon for the sake of her drug-addicted brother? 

Author's note: Apart from casting a wry glance at the phenomenon of chick-lit and treating of the role of patriarchy in a family, the novel Finding Penelope is essentially a love story marking a growth in self-realization in the protagonist Penelope Eames. It delves into the drug culture and its associated criminality in Spain (where a lot of Celtic Tiger money wound up laundered), Ireland, and the UK. The prompt for the novel was from Cervantes, and a motif may be interpreted as a sort of modern-day parallel of Don Quijote's attack on the proliferation of romance novels of that time. As 70 percent of fans are now female, I wanted to understand more of the female mindset. So I picked the brains of women of my acquaintance, including two adult daughters, and I researched contemporary women writers and books like Everywoman, and I reread with new female (or at least androgynous eyes) my well-thumbed de Beauvoir, Anna Karenina, and Portrait of a Lady. Simultaneously, I was studying the crime culture on the Costa. The result was the character Penelope Eames.

©2014 James Lawless (P)2019 James Lawless

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Great way to spend the time...

I loved this book, it has a story that keeps you invested and the characters were well developed and believable with lots of great insights into why people are like they are. I love anything Irish and English and this book had both of those and Spain! It's ideal for a long car journey or anytime when you need to pass the time both diverted and entertained but it's not super heavy or too emotional, just real and easy to listen to. The narrator did a great job, there were a lot of accents.

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I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. I wanted to like the story but the narrator kept me jumping in and out of the story. The voice and accent kept grabbing my mind and moving me from the story. I have eye issues so can't really read any more hence my love of audiobooks. Perhaps if I had read the story I would have gotten more from it. It had some good parts and could have been a great listen if not for the narrator.

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  • Marie
  • 09-09-19

Enjoyable listen, recommended

I really enjoyed this listen and connected with the characters. Plenty to keep the story moving and also gave me some things to think about. Nice escapism and gave me a holiday feel. Well read and the characters really came to life for me.