The Undomestic Goddess Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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"Light and breezy ... Samantha is eminently likable, and overworked readers will empathize with her glee at her first full weekend off in years."—Christian Science Monitor
"Sophie Kinsella is at the top of the chick lit game. Her plots are fast-paced and entertaining, with the perfect amount of realistic neurosis to accompany her quirky heroines."—New York Post
"Perfectly amusing....The Undomestic Goddess is a genuinely funny, sweet book. Kinsella is a comic whiz who consistently delivers what her readers crave."—Miami Herald
"A lovely romantic comedy."—Washington Post
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"Light and breezy ... Samantha is eminently likable, and overworked readers will empathize with her glee at her first full weekend off in years."--Christian Science Monitor
"Sophie Kinsella is at the top of the chick lit game. Her plots are fast-paced and entertaining, with the perfect amount of realistic neurosis to accompany her quirky heroines."--New York Post
"Perfectly amusing.... THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS is a genuinely funny, sweet book. Kinsella is a comic whiz who consistently delivers what her readers crave."--The Miami Herald
"A lovely romantic comedy." --The Washington Post
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One thing that bothered me about this one is that her family falls off the face of the earth. If she was in the trouble she was in one would have thought she would have at least gotten a call from her Mother the Barrister. But, that may have been a function of an abridged audio version.
Samantha is a riot learning to cook. I love the fact that she ends up taking lessons so that she can stop buying the food she is serving her employers. I also like the fact that she has to learn all of these things very quickly and decided that if she can be a lawyer she can definitely be a domestic.
SK also hits it right on the head when portraying "fair weather friends" as well as the friends that are true, suck as Lady Freya.
If you are a fan of chick lit this is another must read/listen.
Unfortunately, I found the story completely unbelievable and that made it difficult to totally lose myself in the story. I have no trouble believing that a city person working many hours at a high-stress job would find peace and happiness in a slower-paced town and a less-demanding job--I'm in a very similar situation myself--but the particular set of circumstances outlined in this story were, to me, beyond belief in a whole host of ways.
I think it is quite good luck that I ended up listening to this as an audiobook rather than reading a hard copy, because what made it an enjoyable experience was the woman who narrated the book. She performed nearly every character in the book in a distinctive voice, including various class differences of the British accent, which really added a lot of flavor to the experience. Her reading of the Trish character was so spot on that sometimes just the way she presented a line of dialogue made me laugh rather than the dialogue itself being funny.
One thing that bugged me a lot about the writing that perhaps wouldn't have bothered me if I'd read a hard copy was the constant "he said" "she answered", etc. In a conversation between two people, it isn't always necessary to constantly identify who is speaking, and I found this distracting.
If I could rate the individual elements of this book:
5 stars for the narration - the best element of the whole experience
3 stars for the overall story idea (less the believability element)
3 stars for the overall writing
1 star for believability
Based on this experience, I doubt that I will pick up any of Ms. Kinsella's books in hard copy, but I may opt for an audiobook in the future when I need another light read for the road, especially if it uses the same narrator.
For the record, I am not a fan of either chick lit or romance novels. If you ARE a fan of either or both, I think you'd probably quite enjoy this book.
I listened to 75 minutes of the 6.5 hour CD version of the book; during that time I didn't find one character that I was remotely interested in, nor did I ever crack a smile (even an inward one). Seriously, if you're supposed to be clever, funny, or even mildly witty, don't you think you ought to put some of that stuff in the first 20% of the book?
I'm sure someone out there thinks this writer's stuff is hilarious. Wow, I SO did not. ::yawn::
A funny, romantic, light story. A solicitor client of mine said she had already read it, loved it and loved all of the Sophie Kinsella series.
So even solicitors appreciate this story.
A light sunday afternoon read at the beach or infront of the log fire.