Friday Morning Bookclub

July 25, 2011

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives The Audio Book The American Heiress By Daisy Goodwin 3 1/2 Omelets

Filed under: Polls,Rate The Book,The American Heiress — susanbright @ 9:33 pm

Amazon readers gave The American Heiress 3 1/2 stars

Barnes and Noble readers gave The American Heiress 4 stars

If we had not received advanced listening copies of  The American Heiress we probably would have never decided to try an audio book. Thank you Macmillan Audio and Reading Group Choices! It was a wonderful experience and something I hope we try again. The American Heiress was a delightful audio book, all 13 hours of it!


July 18, 2011

The American Heiress

Last week we met to discuss the audio book The American Heiress. There were only 4 of us! Very unusual for our group, however summer meetings have been notoriously small. In fact we are just going to skip August’s meeting and meet up again in September after everyone has recuperated from their summer vacations.

The American Heiress was a light, pleasant read. A perfect beach read!  We couldn’t help but wonder if wealthy women like Mrs. Cash  living in the 1890’s actually wore costumes wired with thousands of tiny light bulbs so that they would illuminates at the push of a button! Did they really release hummingbirds that were hand painted gold at their parties? And what about the table decorations? Did they actually put sand on the tables and scatter precious stones so that the guests could take the silver shovels sitting by their place setting and “dig” for jewels? Yes the Cash’s were wealthy and proud of it!

Together Cora and her mother travel abroad to find  Cora a suitable husband and before long she finds herself married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. This is definitely not a marriage made in heaven!    

We ended up talking more about the audio book experience than the story itself. It was a first for one of our members and it was a good experience and one that she would do again. We agreed that it was possible to “read” two books at the same time this way.  One audio and one written book. The experiences were different enough that it was not confusing as it is when you read two different books at the same time (something I have never been able to do). I was pleased to find out that I am not the only one hooked on audio books!

Here are a few of the comments that I received via email from some of our members:

Just for the record, I loved the book and I really enjoyed listening to it.

This is a new experience for me and so far so good

Just thought I would let the group know, that I too have been listening…. usually when I walk in the mornings…. This morning I came in and kept the earphones in, while I emptied the dishwasher, started the laundry, watered the plants etc…. In other words, I have been drawn right in.  I like the reader’s voice and her different intonations and slight changes of accents etc. And am finding that she reads the descriptions so clearly and in such an animated way, that I can really visualize what the author wrote.So, I for one am enjoying this book and especially enjoying listening to it… I need to think of more times when I can put the earphones in… can’t wait for our upcoming trip when I will have to be sitting in the plane for a long uninterrupted period.

I struggled thru all those cds…..i’m going on record as greatly
preferring books to cds.

i’m loving the audio…we’re using it like a bedtime story! I can’t be at bookclub tomorrow, we’re going away for a long weekend. but I love the story!

 I finished The American Heiress on the way up to see my son and, like you, I was in a panic to think that I had no book to listen to on the way home. I had to settle for music!

I have not listened to the radio in my car for weeks! Too busy listening to books. I think that I will hop in my car and take a short drive……I wish that I had some place I had to go!

July 7, 2011

Rate The Book: The American Heiress By Daisy Goodwin

Filed under: Audio books,Polls,Rate The Book,The American Heiress — susanbright @ 9:04 am

Yes, this month The Friday Morning Bookclub listened to an audio book for the first time. If you have listened to, or read The American Heiress, we welcome your vote!

June 17, 2011

Hooked On Audio Books!

Filed under: Audio books,The American Heiress — susanbright @ 5:29 pm

Yes! I am totally hooked on audio books! When I put disk 11 of The American Heiress in my car’s CD player, I began to panick. What was I going to do when I finished this last disk? How could I get through the day, driving around town without  listening to a book? I have not listened to music, news or talk radio in weeks. I have no idea what is going on in the world. I have been too busy listening to find out what was going to happen to Cora Cash. Would she stay with her husband Ivo, the Duke of Wareham? Would she leave him for her childhood beau Teddy Van Der Leyden?  How I loved those names and accents!  What would the oh so manipulative Double Duchess say?  Who knew there was such a thing as a Double Duchess anyway??  How about the  loyal, soft spoken Bertha? I could not imagine how this book could possibly have a happy ending, however I was enjoying the ride, all the way to the library where I picked up two more audio books, after all I don’t want to be caught empty-handed!

Do you listen to audio books? Please participate in our poll!  Do You Listen To Audio Books? Please vote!

June 16, 2011

Meet Daisy Goodwin, Author Of This Month’s Book: The American Heiress

Filed under: Audio books,The American Heiress — susanbright @ 9:44 pm

Daisy Goodwin was born in 1961 and is the daughter of film producer Richard B. Goodwin, the producer of Murder on the Orient Express.  Her mother named her Daisy after Daisy Buchanan from the Great Gatsby.  At the age of 5 her mother left her father for another man and Daisy was sent along with her brother to live with her Grandmother in New Forest, returning to London two years later when her father remarried. She attended Westminster School in London, Trinity College in Cambridge and Columbia Film School. In 1985 Daisy was a trainee arts producer for the BBC and in 1998 was the head of factual programs for Talkback Productions. In 2005 she founded Silver River Productions. She has  published eight best-selling poetry anthologies and a memoir entitled Silver River as well as her first novel The American Heiress and is an award-winning British television producer. Daisy Goodwin lives in London with her husband Marcus Wilford an ABC TV executive, and their two daughters.

This month’s book The American Heiress was published in the UK August 2010 under the name My Last Duchess. The American Heiress will be released on June 21, 2011.

June 3, 2011

The American Heiress By Daisy Goodwin

Filed under: Audio books,The American Heiress,What is next?? — susanbright @ 8:37 am

This is a first for The Friday Morning Bookclub! We were happy to be chosen to receive Advance Listening Copies of  The American Heiress. Although we have been reading together for over 10 years and have read 120 some books we had never even thought about all of us listening to the same book. From time to time we have had one or two members chose to go the audio route, often because they were taking a  long road trip, but the majority of us are used to reading, rather than listening to our monthly selections. Thank you Macmillan Audio and Reading Group Choices for giving us this exciting opportunity!

The year is 1890, and Cora Cash, the daughter of a wealthy American is traveling abroad with her mother in search of the perfect husband. Along comes The Duke of Wareham, the most eligible bachelor in England and before she knows it Cora is The new Duchess of Wareham! But as we all know, nothing is perfect!

The American Heiress is being described as “Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora’s story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James.”  The American Heiress will be released on June 21, 2011.

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