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Summary

Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership. She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day...she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge it'll wreck her career. She goes into meltdown, walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she is mistaken for the interviewee housekeeper and finds herself being offered the job. They have no idea they've hired a Cambridge-educated lawyer with an IQ of 158 - and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven.
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©2005 Sophie Kinsella

Critic reviews

"Another charming winner from the delightful Kinsella." ( Booklist)

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    3 out of 5 stars

Give the book a better chance

An easy listen and quite a good story but spoilt by the reader! - so many times a good book is spoilt by the reader, I sometimes wonder how they get the job!

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Janet
  • Knaresborough, Nth Yorks, United Kingdom
  • 20-01-07

An unlikely plot made plausible

There is nothing wrong with an unlikely series of coincidences as Bronte's Jane Eyre proves, and although there's nothing quite as far fetched in here, the basic premise of a lawyer who can't cook turning into a housekeeper never fails to engage.

This is a fun book, that gently makes fun equally of the 'working class' rich and less gently of the urban snobs of the city.

The rural idyll is perhaps a little overdone, but it's a fun listen and there are enough twists and turns to keep you hooked.

35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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easy listening

Very low maintenance book, with little brain power required, which was exactly what I was after. Funny, romantic. I really enjoyed it, the main Characters are a little unbelievable on occasions, but that's what makes a lot of the humour.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Sally
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 10-08-09

Absolutely Fabulous!

This was my first Sophie Kinsella and I enjoyed every minute of it. I found the legal story line very entertaining and well done. Being a former lawyer and now domestic goddess myself I can say that the author's version of that world is spot on. However all you need to enjoy this book is a sense of humour and a liking for a bit of romance. Gardening will never seem the same - you will have to listen to find out what I mean. I will definitely listen to more from this author.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Lovely story, god awful reader

lovely easy listen but the narrator was awful. Aside from the ridiculously posh voice, her intonations were bizarre, for example "booTEASE" instead of "booties" ?! I cringed every time I hears her say the character's name "Samaaaaaaantha". Just awful. Such a shame.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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An amazing little number not in black!

I enjoyed this from being to end. The undomestic goddess had me laughing, and by the end shouting out loud for her not to do it!. It's very well written but you'll be begging for more chapters when you get to the end.

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  • Debbie King
  • Durham City, Co Durham United Kingdom
  • 12-06-15

Great story, poor narrator

What did you like best about The Undomestic Goddess? What did you like least?

I love the story; I have read the paper version several times and it's my favourite Kinsella book. But the narrator was just plain irritating in the Audible version.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is very funny and is touching at times. I like the characters and the interaction between them.

How could the performance have been better?

Phoebe James' narrating style was strange. I didn't like the exaggerated 'posh' voice she used for Trish, and she also placed the wrong vocal emphasis on some of the phrases. I don't think I'd want to listen to any more books read by her.

Did The Undomestic Goddess inspire you to do anything?

Not really - it was just an easy story if you don't want to have to think too hard!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I didn't like the protagonist

I could not finish this book. The main character drove me mad and I hated the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

Funny light hearted easy listening and the paper back is also easy to read! Read and listened more than once!!😍

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Loved this audio book

This was a lovely book to listen to and had me squeezing in extra listening time to find out what would happen to Samantha next. Although I know the ending, I feel sure I will listen to the full book again as it is excellent.

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  • Leisha
  • 29-02-12

Light and Easy - very enjoyable

If you could sum up The Undomestic Goddess in three words, what would they be?

Fun, light and easy

What other book might you compare The Undomestic Goddess to and why?

Just pick any other Sophie Kinsella/Madeline Wickham story (Shopaholic series, Twenties-Girl) - like a TV sitcom. Makes you laugh, easy to follow and you can pick the story up very quickly.

What about Phoebe James’s performance did you like?

I did enjoy Phoebe James's performance - I do like the English narrators as these stories are so

If you could take any character from The Undomestic Goddess out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The main character - Samantha Sweeting. The up and coming brilliant lawyer who makes the biggest mistake possible and in a haze of fog and in shock, flees the city and ends up working as a housekeeper to a slightly neurotic

Any additional comments?

Fun story for the light-hearted. A very enjoyable story - great for first timer's getting into Audobooks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Hildegard
  • 01-05-08

Good read

Although the ending was a bit abrupt, it was overall an entertaining book and highly recommendable for a light read

1 of 1 people found this review helpful