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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 17 July 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LV1IBOE
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Firstly, the format was great. If you read my reviews you will know how much I enjoy a timeline that goes back to the past and then present time, allowing the reader to know just enough to be curious to find out how our characters arrived at the position they’re in now. Robinson titles the chapter with ‘scenes’ and ‘acts’ in keeping with opera which I thought gave it that added extra!
So … the story begins with an overture. It’s the day before Sally starts her post-grad opera diploma. The visitor at her front door is intriguing – who is he and what happened in New York?
Act One Scene One gives the reader background on her Sally’s childhood and sets the scene for her love of opera (and her fear!).
As the story builds and connects in both timelines, I was fascinated watching Sally’s operatic journey just as much as her romantic life. I thought she was a fabulous lead. The reader really gets to feel her fear about singing, identify with her mothering instincts towards Fiona as well as feel indignant about J!
While I’m talking about characters I just have to say I ADORED Jan Borsos. He is so vibrant. His energy and zest for life literally bounces off the pages … refreshingly too that Sally’s relationship with him worked even while J was there in the background. The first time she stays with him is hilarious!
The underlying theme of the opera and the training drew me in. It’s obvious that Robinson has researched and at the end of the story in my proof copy, we find out the hard work she put into the research.Read more ›
Absolutely wonderful, wry and touching writing style and amazing characters - warm and imperfect, and funny! Lucy Robinson writes about artists, singers, dancers, and this time it's the world of opera that draws her attention.
Sally is a plump wardrobe girl from up north, working her dream job in London opera house, and she carries a big secret. She has a beautiful voice and a huge fear of singing in public, so all she's been doing since she was a little girl is sing in wardrobes where nobody could see her, and watch opera workshops obsessively.
Then one summer she ends up in New York on exchange with Metropolitan Opera House and meets this charming, goofy and beautiful editor of local newspaper, falling head over heals in love with him. The consequent tragedy and heartbreak make her overcome her fear and follow her promise to apply for a school for opera singers in London so she can at last make her voice known and heard.
The book is split between the past and present, and we slowly find out what happened to lead her to her decision to learn how to sing professionally and to mourn the loss that happened in New York.
What separates this book from million other ones is its irresistible charm, kindness and atmosphere of mad, artistic talent. It's like one of those movies - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or The Quartet which leaves you a little bit lighter and happier in the end. Highly recommended. Also, the mad Hungarian is a bonus. *winks*
This is a fabulous novel filled with great characters such as the hilarious Jan Borsos, Barry from Barry Island and snooty Violet. The story unfolds with two alternating plotlines - one set in the present and one telling the story of Sally's past - and these are both equally interesting and well balanced. Although I managed to guess in places where the story was going it didn't spoil the enjoyment at all and the opera background was an original setting that was authentic without being overpowering (don't be put off this book if, like me, you aren't really into opera).
Overall a lovely, funny, heartwarming read with characters that I loved. Lucy Robinson is now up there with some of my favourite authors (Sophie Kinsella, Jenny Colgan, Lisa Jewell) and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes these.
I can't choose a favourite out of Lucy Robinson's books, because they are all unique and fantastic. When is the next one coming out?!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! Relatable, inspiring, funny, loving! Couldn't put it down! Different to others. Definitely read more from this author! If considering I absolutely recommend.Published 1 month ago by Sadie69
I loved the plot. Coming from a classical singing background (albeit a more modest one than Sally`s sparkling career) I loved that this was about an opera student at music college... Read morePublished 8 months ago by singingcapybara
I have now read all of Lucy Robinsons books and loved everyone. Highly recommend.Published 8 months ago by fox76
Lucy Robinson always makes me laugh. Like her style of writing a lot.Published 10 months ago by Nokomis
I do not enjoy opera but reading this book almost made me feel that I could because I do love music and the description of the effect opera had on Sally i could identify with for... Read morePublished 11 months ago by M Clayton
Good read , the ending is a bit predictable but a good story anyway.funny and sad.Published 11 months ago by fiona b