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I was surprised that I enjoyed this book so much. The plot was out of the ordinary, the characters were much like my friends and me, I learned a lot about Finnish culture without even trying, and I was inspired to do something new and daring. There were so many funny lines in this book, and I don't know if I would've caught them had I read the book instead of listened to the audio version. I thought the reader did a great job in bringing out the humor. I listened to this book during my morning walks, and I actually looked forward to getting out of bed and exercising. Will definitely read more in this series.
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What did you like best about Sisterchicks on the Loose!? What did you like least?
In August 1982, when fictional Penny first proposed she and Sharon go to Finland, I was actually on my way there to spend a year as an exchange student. As such, I know the country and people well (I lived 30 minutes from Porvoo where Penny's aunt lives). What drove me crazy was the weird accent the narrator was doing. It wasn't remotely like a Finnish accent. The intonation and stresses were all completely wrong, as were the pronunciations of several key Finnish words (like sauna!). It was something like a bastardized Swedish-Norwegian- very aggravating.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Jones Gunn?
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The story was charming and the characters were familiar to me: those poor, sweet women with their small worlds that spin around church and their children. The message to do something to grow yourself away from the kids is so important. Step out of your comfort zone. Learn a new language. Meet people with a different perspective on the world.