- The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse
- Narrated by: Jane Copland
- Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-29-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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As this stream of it-really-happened-to-me stories shows, it most certainly was - if only for our vicarious bewilderment at how exactly you throw a buffet dinner during a public mourning period in Syria, remain viable as a fashion journalist when taste-wise you are three seasons out of it and geographically a world away, make people believe that there are actually terrible things going on in paradise, be a good mother and save some of the finest architecture in Damascus and Brussels from demolition - seemingly all simultaneously.
"Brigid Keenan vividly evokes both the oddities and loneliness, even today, of being the 'other half' of a diplomat. Immediate and intimate, poignant and very funny; it is as if she is talking to the reader. Her eagle-eyed observation of human behaviour and far flung experiences made me laugh out loud." (Josceline Dimbleby)
"A wonderful picaresque take on the travails of expat life, and an absolutely delicious read.... There are not many books that have actually made me cry from laughing, but this is one of them." (Katie Hickman, Sunday Times)
"Life is what you make of it - you can't just sit there and let it happen to you - you've got to grab opportunities with both hands, or you risk boredom at least, depression and deathbed regrets at worst. Women have not been raised to understand the importance of this. Brigid Keenan rams the message home with hilarity. This is an important book, written by a very funny writer." (Shirley Conran)
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Amol on 04-04-17
Many travel for work, she told it beautifully
Everybody's life is full of happenings, this book tells it beautifully.
Gives good insight in to lives of people with travelling careers.
Lot of people these days travel around the globe or even multiple places within their own countries and will be able to relate their experiences with those of Brigid Keenan.
By Marion Collom on 04-10-16
Breathtaking life experiences overseas
This audiobook grabbed my attention, so much so that I found it hard to have a break! Brigid Keenan's journalist skills are evident in her delightful descriptions and hilarious reminisces of her life as an ambassador's wife. I have been so impressed that I have purchased two of her other books. Jane Copland's voice is clear and brings out the drama beautifully and enhances the experiences of this book.
I can highly recommend this book to those who have travelled, wish to travel and to those who have lived in countries with an entirely different culture from their own.