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  • Fatima's Good Fortune

  • By: J & G Dryansky
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Freshly arrived from a beautiful Tunisian island to work for the exacting Countess Poulais de Roc, Fatima finds herself in a city where even the most mudane tasks prove baffling. But her natural compassion and sheer grit ensure her survival, and unexpectedly bring good fortune to those around her. And then suddenly, it's Fatima's turn to seize happiness. Warmhearted and witty, this is a story of love and determination alive with the sights sounds and tastes of Paris.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fatima's Good Fortune

  • By Bridget on 16-01-09

Fatima's Good Fortune

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-09

Fat, illiterate Fatima Monsour leaves Djerba in Tunisia to take up the place of her dead sister working in Paris for the Countess Poulais du Roc. Fatima is on her way to America to find the husband who deserted her. Fat and illiterate she may be, but Fatima is a woman of personality, initiative and warmth and within no time Paris, for her, becomes a village full of mostly kind and interesting people. Touching and funny this is a real feel good listen and I highly recommend it as a relaxing, unchallenging listen. Beautifully read with humour and style.

  • Summer

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Grace Conlin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Written in Paris in 1916 as Edith Wharton contemplated the German army's approach, Summer is her most erotic and lyrical novel. The setting for the book, however, is far away from Paris, in the same rigid New England she used for Ethan Frome. It is here that she explores her most daring theme, a woman's awakening to her sexual needs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Summer (unabridged), Edith Wharton

  • By Bridget on 08-01-08

Summer (unabridged), Edith Wharton

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-08

This was my first audiobook download and I loved it so much that I stayed awake until 2.00 a.m. to hear it out. The reader perfectly captured the elegant, ironic tone of the writing without sentimentality. The story itself never falters, moving rapidly from one development to another while perfectly encapsulating both character and setting. It is extraordinary to think that this story of a small town girl's sexual awakening, understanding and betrayal was written in 1916.

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