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  • Oh Dear Silvia

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, James Fleet, Llewella Gideon, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 906

Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. Meanwhile she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!!!!

  • By Indigoleopard on 01-11-12

*oh Dear Silvia *

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-14

What made the experience of listening to Oh Dear Silvia the most enjoyable?

Silvia is in a coma. I found it interesting that a person, and her relationships, could be 'brought to life' by her visitors and their one sided conversations.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Silvia's foreign cleaner who spoke to her in 'English' (as taught by her sons!)

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not heard any other performances by Dawn French, but after listening to 'Oh Dear Silvia', I look forward to hearing more!

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

Despite the serious nature of the story, parts of the book made me smile, or even laugh out loud. The lasting feeling I got was the fact that we don't always know people as well as we think we do.

Any additional comments?

Oh Dear Silvia is so well written. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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