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This audio book is moving, funny, thought provoking, immensely entertaining and brilliantly narrated.
Alison Larkin is as gifted a narrator as she is an author. A visit to her website shows why. A classically trained Broadway actress before she became a novelist, Larkin also made a name for herself doing cartoons and voice-overs in Los Angeles, She also narrated audio books for Disney. Her American accents are impeccable and the performance superb.
It's a wonderful book. Deep but funny and accessible, covering an important subject with compassion, wisdom and humor. We end up loving Pippa Dunn even more than we did at the beginning, and learning more about ourselves in the process. It's been a long time since I heard an audio book that made me laugh and cry at the same time. And I don't even have any personal connection to the subject matter!
Alison Larkin and her novel are uniquely entertaining. Will appeal to people who like to listen to a terrific story. You have to know what happens next.
This is my first review. I had to write it because this book really deserves to be acknowledged for what it is. Something different. Something special. Something you won't forget in a hurry.
This one is a keeper, not just because of the writing, but also because of its perofrmance. A tour de force by an outstandingly gifted narrator.
i see she's narrating the Arthur Ransom series. I'd like to hear more books narrated by Alison - American, British, it doesn't matter what. This author/narrator is the real deal. More please!
25 of 25 people found this review helpful
Funny, serious, sweet and silly. This book didn't have a disappointing or dull moment. I loved all the characters and could really identify with Pippa's need to know her birth parents. A book on this subject could have been too pathetic or painful, but Alison delivers it perfectly --she delves into difficult situations but with a sense of humor and a sunny disposition.
There are so many unique characters in this book, and the author somehow manages to give each character a voice in her amazing narration. Highly recommended.
25 of 27 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The English American in three words, what would they be?
Heartwarming, thought-provoking, funny
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the warm honesty of the protagonist. Perhaps partly because this Alison Larkin narrating her own work - which is semi-based on her real life experience - the whole result is a completely authentic and real heroine.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
No spoilers! But there were plenty!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I really wanted to - as it was I listened to it over about four days, I didn't want to stop.
Any additional comments?
I really hope Alison writes more books and narrates them herself, she's a huge talent.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
An amazing narrator who holds your attention throughout the whole book. Very well written too of course!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful