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I don't know if you have to be an actor to enjoy "The Understudy" but I imagine it helps. I loved it. Although it drags a bit at times, when the characters get to the good stuff (i.e., their love for acting), I was in heaven!
Stephen C. McQueen (no, not THAT Steve McQueen!) is understudying the brash matinee heartthrob Josh Harper, a philandering actor with a long-suffering American wife (Nora) with whom Stephen begins to fall in love. How Stephen gets a crack at assuming the lead role as well as perhaps win the heart of the neglected wife is the stuff novels are made of, and in this case wonderful novels!
The narrator gives nuance to all the characters and adds immensely to the overall success of this delightful story of acting, love and how the two intersect. The author, David Nicholls, knows his stuff!
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The story was light and fun and the main character is very well drawn. The narration is excellent until the English reader attempts to do a female American accent. As an American female, I just wasn't buying it. Yet this narration actually won an award as an audio book, so some people obviously thought he did a good job.
But the story itself is fun and the male characters are truly believable as real people, which is pretty rare.
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