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Best Foot Forward
- A 500-Mile Walk Through Hidden France
- By: Susie Kelly
- Narrated by: Anne Day-Jones
- Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
When Susie Kelly decides, on a whim, to trek alone across France from La Rochelle to Lake Geneva, she entrusts her French farmhouse full of assorted animals to a total stranger from San Antonio, Texas. For each of them it is a life-changing experience. Both find their resourcefulness and ingenuity tested to the limit as, in their own ways, they explore and enjoy the culture, cuisine and people of Europe's most fascinating country.
OK, I suppose
- By Mr. P. D. Selman on 25-04-15
Dull and contrived
What was most disappointing about Susie Kelly’s story?
It was clear that Susie was looking for material for a book. She's no more a natural story teller than she's a natural hiker, and fails to bring the countryside, the people or the experience to life in her descriptions. There are some mildly amusing moments but honestly she moans a lot. Way too much. She didn't do her homework with the preparation and planning of the route, and she doesn't even know how to read a compass. Her smartphone would show her where she is when she's 'hopelessly lost' (which she is a lot), but I'd be surprised if she has one, let alone knows how to use it. Conversations portrayed the book sound stiff and unnatural. I'm 3/4 of the way through and am giving up, because I can't take Ann-Day's ridiculous French accent anymore.
What didn’t you like about Anne Day-Jones’s performance?
The thrust of the story was read well but her American and French accents were a painful distraction. Her French accent in particular was, frankly, laughable.
Do you think Best Foot Forward needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?