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What did you love best about Four Weddings and a Sixpence?
Delightful quick interwoven stories that led to 11 hours of pleasure.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Four Weddings and a Sixpence?
Most memorable was none of the stories suffered through being stretched to a full length book by use of dumb misunderstandings. The stories just marched on, most pleasantly.
Which character – as performed by Mary Jane Wells – was your favorite?
Love Mary Jane Wells, both her female voices, her male voices most especially and even her elderly voices. She's my favorite
Any additional comments?
I'll be listening to this one again. And checking out the books of the books of those authors new to me.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
About 3 1/2, really..
SOMETHING OLD by JULIA QUINN – The Prologue
This was nothing more than the prologue introducing Anne, Cordelia, Bea and Elinor, teenage girls in a finishing school. Together they find a “sixpence” in a mattress and that’s where the stories begin, almost ten years later.
SOMETHING NEW by STEFANIE SLOANE -2 ½ Stars
This is about Anne meeting Rhys in the library at a ball, where he overheard her talking to a mastiff about finding a husband in less than six weeks, before her twenty-first birthday or she’ll be sent off to the country by her uncle. A few days later Anne sees Rhys again when she and her Aunt Marguerite go to visit Lady Sylvia, Rhys’s aunt and he tells her he will help her find the husband she’s looking for. Which ended up being him, of course.
There was NOT an ounce of desire or wanting or thinking about sex THEN the last chapter he took her up against the wall. Yeah, not a very romantic way to treat your virgin bride-to-be. Nothing worse than sex but nothing that led up to it.
SOMETHING BORROWED by ELIZABETH BOYLE – 4 Stars
I really liked this story. Cordelia and Kipp were such a fun couple. She needed to “borrow” him so she could introduce him as her fiancé at a wedding she was going to, while he was on the verge of offering for another woman. But, since they’d known each other since childhood he decided to let himself be “borrowed.” It was so much fun with her aunts: Aunt Aldora, Aunt Bunty and Aunt Landon. And Kate was a trip too, as was Drew. Loved all the characters.
There was sex in this story but I didn’t find it as explicit as the last book, and again there was nothing that led up to it.
SOMETHING BLUE by LAURA LEE GUHRKE – 2 Stars
Most of this story was good but then the ending was coming along and it got kind of ridiculous. Lawrence knew that Ellie’s father had used tin when making guns and a lot of soldiers got killed due to the sub-standard material used. She always believed he was innocent but then she really asked her father and could SEE in his eyes that Lawrence had been right and her father was guilty. So she went to Lawrence and instead of being upset and crying she and Lawrence were laughing about some silly thing then had sex on the desk. Really? After finding out her father was guilty, the father she loved soooo much, THAT’S how she acts. That ruined the story for me. If I hadn’t been so close to the end of it I would have stopped reading. I read The Truth About Love and Dukes by Ms. Guhrke and I loved it. BUT this one just wasn’t for me. The sex was all wrong. Should have waited until the last few pages. Or left it out completely.
…AND A SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE by JULIA QUINN – 4 stars
This one was the best. I absolutely loved Lord Frederick and Bea. And I loved that he was flawed and Bea looked past it so easily. It was quite funny that Bea forgot Frederick’s hyphenated last name and referred to him as Lord Frederick Two Names. And Bea’s aunt Calpurnia was too funny, too.
This was the only one without sex and that made it perfect. I like sex in my books but not so much in novellas.
As to the narration: Love, love, love Mary Jane Wells. She did all voices brilliantly but I think Cordelia’s voice was the best. And she reads with so much emotion.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Yes I enjoyed it, sweet little stories, Julia Quinn head and shoulders above the others, but nothing taxing or annoying.
Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Jane Wells’s performances?
It depends...she’s got a nice voice, a bit over staged, but the biggest problem is her strange mis pronouncement of words....not difficult or strange words, but usual everyday words. Bonkers. “Redootable” has been the best so far!!
Could you see Four Weddings and a Sixpence being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Any additional comments?