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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Dawn Frenchs’ second brilliant novel, Oh Dear Silvia, featuring a full cast of readers including Gareth Armstrong, Jane Collingwood, Beattie Edmondson, James Fleet, Llewella Gideon, Jack Lowden, James McArdle, Pauline McLynn, Patrice Naiambana, Celine Rosa Tan, Maggie Steed, Ruby Turner, and Dawn herself.
Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. Meanwhile she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...
©2012 Dawn French (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
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By Susannah on 06-24-13

Favourite audio book so far...

Would you consider the audio edition of Oh Dear Silvia to be better than the print version?

Yes...we studied this book for our Book Club. I was the only one to listen to it...everyone else read it. The narrators bring each character to life in such a way that I felt I knew them all personally. At our Book Club meeting I played some of the audio so that my fellow readers could enjoy some of the characters for themselves.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration was wonderful.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?


See above.

Who was the most memorable character of Oh Dear Silvia and why?

Each character was memorable in this book...no-one stood out more than another...they were all fabulous.

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By J on 05-01-13

Oh Dear Dawn - what a pearler

What made the experience of listening to Oh Dear Silvia the most enjoyable?

This is an audible experience which moved me through the gambit of emotions from laughter and tears and everywhere in between. Brilliant concept in which the characters develop with each page. Thoroughly enjoyable! Great Job Dawn!

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By Indigoleopard on 11-01-12

Hilarious!!!!

This book is witty, sad in places but absolutely hilarious! I was laughing out loud, only Dawn French could write something so funny so eloquently.

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By gail on 11-01-12

Great Listen

This is very well read by several people, including Dawn French. They all do a great job. In some places I was laughing so much I had to rewind and listen again. All the characters are believable and the book is very well written. I was left wanting more.

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By Lynnette Dyer on 11-12-16

Bit morbid not for me

Have read her Fatty autobiography and really enjoyed it- but I'm just not into waiting for death

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By Catherine on 03-15-16

so depressing!

This was well written and performed, but not what I expected at all. The story was very depressing and although there were moments of comedy even they were dark.
If you like drama and stories about death then this could be for you, but I like to feel good after listening to a book not like I need to make an appointment to get anti depressants.

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