The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

  • by Phaedra Patrick
  • Narrated by James Langton
  • 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this poignant and sparkling debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure.
Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater-vest; waters his fern, Frederica; and heads out to his garden.
But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met - a journey that leads him to find hope, healing, and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.
Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a curiously charming debut and a joyous celebration of life's infinite possibilities.


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I read many genre of books. Recently I discovered what I call my baby boomer stories, stories, which deal with the later part of their lives when things are winding down.
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They do not start with a bang. You have to be patient while the character unfolds and quite to hear the ache in his heart. Finally, you have to be willing to take that slow walk around the block with him as he tells his story.

So I did all that, twice, and I still never could take that walk with Arthur Pepper. I have taken a few walks with the author Fredrik Backman,which I highly recommend. This book was listed as a suggestion to read if you liked the Backman books. Well... Arthur Pepper could not motivate me to take a walk with him.

Read A Man Called Ove, by Backman and see who you would rather take a walk with.
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- Yvonne "I live to ride my bike."

Neat & Tidy

This book strives to be quirky in the style of Fredrik Backman's charmingly off-beat books. There is even a hint of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand in the tone. Somehow though, for me, it missed the mark. Maybe it was just a bit too sweet, a tad too perfect in the resolutions and neater and tidier than life often works out. I thought it just didn't ring clear with a strong sense of truth, probability and reality.

However, the narration was very good. It really was the driving factor that propelled me through a book that had me occasionally sighing and rolling my eyes as the story played out. Langton saved the day.

Overall, not a disaster, but not a favorite either.
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- Sara "Avid Reader"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2016
  • Publisher: Harlequin Audio