• A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald

  • By: Natasha Lester
  • Narrated by: Kelly Burke
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-26-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (417 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's 1922 in the Manhattan of gin, jazz and prosperity. Women wear makeup and hitched hemlines - and enjoy a new freedom to vote and work. Not so for Evelyn Lockhart, who is forbidden from pursuing her passion to become one of the first female doctors. Chasing her dream will mean turning her back on her family: her competitive sister, Viola; her conservative parents; and the childhood best friend she is expected to marry, Charlie.
In a desperate attempt to support herself through Columbia University's medical school, Evie auditions for the infamous late-night Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. But if she gets the part, what will it mean for her fledgling relationship with Upper East Side banker Thomas Whitman - a man Evie thinks she could fall in love with, if only she lived a life less scandalous?
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2 out of 5 stars
By Janet H. Maddox on 06-04-16

Spoiled by the narrator

How to review this novel? The story is interesting with many unusual elements. The period is generally well evoked. But the author's voice sounds like a soap opera, with overly dramatic language and a leading lady who often behaves so stupidly as to be frustrating. Instead of the strong woman she is meant to be, she sounds like she will take to her fainting couch in the next scene. Add to all that the childish, overly dramatic reading by the narrator and you have a story with good bones totally spoiled by turning it into a cheap romance.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Huston on 06-28-16

Lack Luster

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I read so many reviews on this novel before choosing it for my ever-precious monthly credit. Man was I BUMMED when I finished this book! I just kept thinking throughout the story, "Why did everyone rate this so high? I feel like a thirteen year old girl would love this book."

Fair warning: there is no real history in this, other than it's time frame. The heroine is constantly under siege by the world around her, and hits almost no real obstacles to overcome it all!

Narration was not terrible, but clearly....underdeveloped. The only character that has a real voice is the heroine, and everyone else in the story is given this clipped, almost newsboy type of style of speech and tone.

Not impressed in the least bit.

Has A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kelly Burke’s performances?

Maybe.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald?

I would have developed more of the parents, given them more depth, and therefore given Evie more depth, and of all the things that Evie could have "won" I would have expected it to be her parents love and the author doesn't even give them a chance.

Additionally, the entire existence of Lucille seems to be excessive.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By emma on 10-28-16

More than your average chick lit

I liked the historical and feminist aspects of this novel, about a bright young woman who wants to be an obstetrician, back in 1920s New York when it was virtually unheard of for a woman to attend medical school. I don't know how historically accurate the novel is, but I found it quite gripping. The parts about the Follies were a bit ridiculous, but otherwise the book was very enjoyable, and I wanted to keep listening to past my train stop.

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5 out of 5 stars
By bec on 05-16-16

Beautifully written. Absorbing. Great narration

My Review

The first thing to attract me to this book was the beautiful cover, it just screams "Roaring Twenties". I don't normally read anything romantic but the blurb mentions the Ziegfield Follies and medicine so, with that enticing cover also in my mind, I thought I'd give it a go.

The first part of the book describes Evies' life being lived in the way expected of her, by her parents and by society, but something happens, something which completely changes her world view. Evie makes a life changing decision; she will become a doctor, an obstetrician. Her family refuse to help her in her outrageous ambition. Finally accepted into medical school Evie must find a way to support herself and she does so with style by working at the Ziegfield Follies.

Nothing could have prepared Evie for the struggles to come, both in her work and in her personal life, but this is interspersed with a few joyful moments. There are some wonderful descriptions of the fashions of those times (visit the authors website to read more) and of the fantastic Follies costumes. The reader can't help but get swept up into it all, the glamour of the good times and also the somewhat gruesome bad times.

I wondered what it was about this particular tale that I found so engrossing, as to be honest, there are plenty of stories out there where the protagonist has similar qualities to Evie. You know the sort of girl, rich and beautiful, multi talented, brave, clever and having the ability to overcome all odds with grace. You just know that all will be well in the end. What then makes this one so different?

This book has a quality that endears, it provides escapism, and is wonderful, satisfying entertainment. Only one reason for that .......

It's the writing, it is beautiful, flowing and it is thoughtful

Narrated by Kelly Burke who is new to me. What a wonderful narration, this could not have been an easy task, what with the diverse cast of characters and length of the recording. Kelly gives a distinct and consistent voice to each and every character, male and female the old and the young. Kelly has a pleasant voice and she speaks with a lovely rhythmn and cadence. I love the way she conveys emotion, the sadness, anger, happiness and pain, all without overdoing anything. A thoroughly enjoyable, realistic and consistent performance

This audiobook is my own copy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alice on 08-01-16

Fantastic Holiday Listen!

Fantastic story that illustrates the resilience of women and true love in an era of societal conformity.

Evie, a true heroine fight alongside her instinct and intuition to reach her life long ambitions. As a reader- I couldn't help but get involved in her story and root for her success!

The author succeeds in painting the picture of the 1920's social scenes with captivating grace, ensuring a great read.

The narrators accents are appropriate and enhance the characters personality and style excellently.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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