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The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year | [Sue Townsend]

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

The day her children leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. She's had enough - of her kids' carelessness, her husband's thoughtlessness and of the world's general indifference. Brian can't believe his wife is doing this. Who is going to make dinner? But Eva won't budge; and soon she realises to her horror that everyone has been taking her for granted - including herself.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner: Audiobook of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards 2012

The day her children leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. She's had enough - of her kids' carelessness, her husband's thoughtlessness and of the world's general indifference. Brian can't believe his wife is doing this. Who is going to make dinner? But Eva won't budge; and soon she realises to her horror that everyone has been taking her for granted - including herself.

©2012 Lily Broadway Productions Ltd (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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    Beatrice Bridlington, United Kingdom 11/03/2012
    Beatrice Bridlington, United Kingdom 11/03/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story, Silly Accents"

    Eva’s obnoxious cheating husband and emotionally retarded twins have taken her for granted throughout her married life, so when the kids leave for University, she takes to her bed. This story tells of her transformation and the characters that come into her life after she starts to live in her bedroom. I really enjoyed this audio book, as I could really identify with the main character Eva. Some of the dialogue really hit home, as I too am around the same age as the main character, have a girl and boy and a (ex) husband who was a waste of space!

    But what slightly spoiled it for me was Caroline Quentin’s ridiculous accent for some of the characters, particularly Ruby, Eva’s Mum. I actually found myself mocking the reader back as some of the pronunciation was so ludicrous (supposedly a Leicester accent?)

    However, I would still recommend any woman, or man, come to that, of a certain age to listen to this book as much of it will hit home. Although the theme is slightly melancholy, there are loads of laugh out loud moments and hilarious situations.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Butterfly Ilford, United Kingdom 29/01/2013
    Butterfly Ilford, United Kingdom 29/01/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "I simply couldn't stand the narration."

    The blurb sounds good but the book doesn't live up to it. Firstly I have to tell you how annoying the narration was. I hated everyone's accents and it seemed that the narrator was screaming throughout the book. It is simply horrible. Make sure you listen to the sample so you can make your own decision. In the end I gave up listening and decided to read it. It made it much better but I had the awful narrators take on the characters in my head. The book starts off well and the characters were interesting but about half way through you start to wonder "Where is this going?" and it simply goes down hill. What seems like a funny book with a middle aged women take on life takes a silly turn. Disappointing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Crook, United Kingdom 03/08/2012
    Mrs Crook, United Kingdom 03/08/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "So Funny!"

    I laughed my way through piles of Ironing! This is one of the funniest Books I've heard for years.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Pulham Market, United Kingdom 24/04/2012
    Joanne Pulham Market, United Kingdom 24/04/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Promising start disappointing end"

    I really enjoyed the first half of the book, the plot was a bit unbelievable, but the characters made it seem possible. However, disappointingly it all started to unravel in the final third and became too far fetched.

    Loved 95% of Caroline Quintens narration, but just every so often there was a screech or shout that really peirced the eardrums.

    In summary, a light-hearted listen, but not Adrian Mole standard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R Darfield, New Zealand 03/04/2012
    R Darfield, New Zealand 03/04/2012
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    "Not good, short on laughs or depth"

    I've always enjoyed Sue Townsend's books but this book seems to have no real point and none of the characters are likeable (maybe that is the point). It meanders without any real plot progression and comes across as quite bitter, it doesn't have the playfulness of the likes of Adrian Mole but just wallows in self-absorbed unpleasant characters. If this was by anyone else then I wouldn't have stuck with it at all and I'd suggest you skip it as well.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 18/12/2012
    Amanda 18/12/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "A disappointment"

    This book drove me mad. It just rambled on and on. I just couldn't get into all the different characters that kept dipping in and out the book. And I wanted to tell the lady to get out of the bed and what a waste of a life! I also got fed up with Caroline Quentin who talks in a baby voice all the time. I usually try to finish my books but I just couldn't with this!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen cupar, United Kingdom 15/03/2012
    Karen cupar, United Kingdom 15/03/2012 Member Since 2007
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    "Comedy & Tragedy"

    Sue Townsend, genius author of the Adrian Mole series, tackles depression and loss of direction with her usual skill and aplomb.
    I defy anybody reading this novel to proceed until the end without laughing out loud and also wiping away tears.
    S.T. keep writing thought provoking books, I am a committed fan!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    hashina montrose, United Kingdom 20/06/2013
    hashina montrose, United Kingdom 20/06/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Not funny"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found this book to be unfunny and very tedious. I did not like any of the characters in the book, Eva herself was selfish and unlikeable, i couldnt sympathise with her descisions and the twins were childish and void of any discernible qualities.
    I persevered but this was definately not for me.
    The reading of the sotry by Caroline Quentin was great though. her voice is very easy to listen to.


    What will your next listen be?

    Lisa Gardiner


    What three words best describe Caroline Quentin’s voice?

    very soothing to listen too, i found myself wandering off working away without actually paying any attention to the story itself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sharon castleford, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    sharon castleford, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "For grown up Adrian mole fans"

    I'm a fan of Adrian mole so was interested to see what else the author could come up with. I wasn't disappointed - funny sad true! It has a easy to listen to theme. The best bit has to be the main character explaining to her husband how to prepare for Christmas Day - hilarious and scarily accurate!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer uk 14/03/2013
    Kindle Customer uk 14/03/2013 Member Since 2013

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    "Enjoyable"

    A suprisingly enjoyable tale that was well read. It took me a little time to get used to Caroline Quentin's delivery which I found a bit full on at the start. As the story went on however, I realised it was pitched perfectly. Her Leicester accent sounded spot on to me (as a fairly frequent visitor the city for work). Good idea, well exectuted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • S. Brown
    Australia
    09/09/12
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    "Unbearable"
    What would have made The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year better?

    The narrator is beyond annoying. Her voice is shrill most of the time.


    What was most disappointing about Sue Townsend???s story?

    I couldn't concentrate on the story at all. The voice was distracting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I can only imagine another narrator would have improved the telling. It's hard to know where to start in fixing this.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, frustration and annoyance. I had to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a shame that the constant yelling in this book and the narration has taken away from what I think might have been a good story, but I'll never know because I can't get past the terrible job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eva Rose
    Atlanta
    12/08/14
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    "Didn't live up to the hype for me"
    Was The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year worth the listening time?

    I bought this book based on all the reviews. People said they couldn't stop laughing, etc. Maybe if you're a middle-aged, under appreciated mother and home-maker you'd think it was hilarious, but I quit listening to it halfway through because I just didn't think it was funny or even interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susannah
    Adelaide, Australia
    24/06/13
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    "Loved Loved Loved this book!"
    Would you listen to The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year again? Why?

    Yes, I loved it - I missed the characters when I was not listening to this book...could not wait to get into my car and turn on the audible download.


    What other book might you compare The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year to and why?

    That is hard to say as I am new to listening to my books and the whole experience of listening to a book makes it much more 'visual' for me...I would need to listen to more books before I can compare.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with the 'girlfriend' of the husband.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The tree being chopped down was very moving...I felt so sorry for her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brenda
    Gauteng, South Africa
    13/03/13
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    "Quite Wonderful!"

    I have never laughed so much during any book - ever. At times, I hit rewind just so that I could re-listen and laugh out loud again.

    I listened while I was driving, I listened while I was cooking, I listened at every possible opportunity I could because I just couldn’t get enough of this intriguingly hilarious story.

    Not to mention how absolutely perfect Caroline Quentin is as a narrator!

    A true WINNER, if I could rate this book 7 out of 5, I would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Kelly
    Ireland
    10/01/13
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    "Enjoyable listen, excellent narration!"
    Where does The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    No. 1 but have only listened to 3 so far!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Ending was too abrupt and unresolved for me


    What about Caroline Quentin’s performance did you like?

    Loved it, voices were clear and inflections were excellent


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both!


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyable listen although the ending spoiled it a little for me. Would definitely recommend it regardless :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl
    Cape Town South Africa
    01/11/12
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    "Masterful Narration of a great book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year the most enjoyable?

    I absolutely adored this book, with its gallery of colourful characters, and laugh out loud humour.The narration was superb. Caroline Quentin is fantastic, and just has to narrate a lot more books for Audible!..


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that Eva, got away with staying in bed, and how the story evolved around the situation is great story-telling. Most married mothers will relate to all of Eva's decisions.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Quentin – was your favorite?

    Ruby


    Who was the most memorable character of The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year and why?

    Eva


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward, as always, to the next Sue Townsend Audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jillian
    Wilcannia, Australia
    08/10/12
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    "Loved Caroline Quentin narrating!"
    If you could sum up The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, thought provoking and interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was the only downfall for me - it just seemed to fade out without a concrete ending.


    What about Caroline Quentin’s performance did you like?

    She has a great voice for audio books and a nice subtle variation of voice for the different characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Eva first went to bed. (Half her luck i was thinking!)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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