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The Country Life

Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
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Winner of England's Whitbread Award for Saving Agnes and the prestigious Somerset Maugham Award, Rachel Cusk has won popular and critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. This young British author's beguiling novel is both poignant and hilarious. When Stella leaves London for a small village in Sussex, she hopes that the country life will be conducive to her journey toward self-discovery. She'll have no more insipid lover, dead end job, or controlling parents to endure. But, as an au pair for a dispiriting family, she's stalked by bad-tempered people, misfortune from weather and wildlife, and unwelcome suitors. Spunky and resourceful, she manages to keep a stiff upper lip, even when her darkest secret manages to catch up with her. Jenny Sterlin sparkles in her role as the irrepressible Stella. Even in the face of Stella's angst and touching vulnerability, you will find it impossible to stifle your laughter.
©1997 Rachel Cusk (P)1999 Recorded Books

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The Country Life

I know life in the country can be boring, but why read it in such a dull tone. Usually I love the descriptions of ordinariness that Rachel Cusk captures so perfectly - but to have it ready in such a dreary, resigned voice, makes this book impossible to listen to. I could almost hear the narrator sighing in between sentences!
Had to give up. Will avoid Jenny Sterlin’s narration in future.

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  • 17-11-11

I really was glad when this was over

I couldnt find it funny. I cringed throughout over the 'heroine's' clumsiness and constant wrong moves. There were several loose threads in the story consisting of delicious mysteries that I thought would unfold, but never did. They were left unfinished and I was left asking for closure. I found the heroine annoyingly stupid for her age and was constantly astounded by her idiocy.