Vinegar Girl : Hogarth Shakespeare

  • by Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by Kirsten Potter
  • Series: Hogarth Shakespeare
  • 6 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty, and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies.
Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister, Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work - her preschool charges adore her, but their parents don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.
Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: His brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.
When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: This time he's really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

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What the Critics Say

"Everyone loves Anne Tyler." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place." (Newsday)
"You are involved before you even notice you were paying attention.... Her feel for character is so keen that even hardened metafictionalists [who] would happily fry the whole notion of 'character' for breakfast are reduced to the role of helpless gossips, swapping avid hunches about the possible fates of the characters." (Tom Shone, The New Yorker)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Too much hype, not enough plot

I kept waiting for the real story to get going.

The excessive descriptions of Kate's behavior got old. We get it, she's a shrew. Move on.

The plot was severely lacking. The epilogue was the best part and should have been extended to improve the overall story.

I get that it was a rebelling of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," but this was very disappointing.

You should always walk away with something after reading/listening to a book: a new understanding, a new feeling, a new life lesson, a new interest, etc. I finished this book with nothing new to add to my life.

One good thing I will say - Narrator was great.

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- Raquel

Moderately engaging plot. Performance not so much

This was a predictable plot moderately interesting. Would have been better as a library loan than a purchase.
What really detracted was the performance. The reader was good and consistent however she sounded like she was speaking down a pipe. Hollow and kind of like speaking in a tile bath. I found the performance annoying.
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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio