Narrator: Susan Duerden

Audio Review: Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Posted December 13, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Review: Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo MoyesParis for One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
Narrator: Fiona Hardingham, Jayne Entwistle, Katharine McEwen, Olivia Mackenzie-Smith, Susan Duerden
Published by Penguin Random House Audio on November 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Length: 5 hours, 45 minutes
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads
four-stars

From the sensational #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, the perfect gift hardcover, timed for Christmas--a novella and short story collection never published before in the United States.

Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a weekend away—to anywhere, and certainly not with her boyfriend. Everyone knows traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their romantic mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone—including herself—wrong. Alone and in Paris, Nell uncovers a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Adventurous, funny, and charming, Paris for One is vintage Moyes—as are the eight stories that round out the collection.

Paris for One
Between the Tweets
Love in the Afternoon
A Bird in the Hand
Crocodile Shoes
Holdups
Last Year's Coat
Thirteen Days with John C.
The Christmas List

 

icon AUDIOBOOK Icon UNIQUE icon smart funny icon well written icon ROMANCE

This book has nine stories about troubled relationships from the perspectives of the women in each. The first, Paris for One, is the length of a novella while the others are all short stories. I liked some more than others but really enjoyed them collectively. The narration performances were outstanding and contributed greatly to my overall reading experience. Below are short summaries of each with my reactions.
Paris for One
Nell and her boyfriend Pete are off for a weekend in Paris, or so she thinks. Pete turns out to be a no-show and Nell decides to stay and experience the city of lights on her own.

I actually loved this meandering and delightful story. Nell is such a straight arrow who steps outside of herself and turns a potentially crummy set of circumstances into a wonderful adventure. I enjoyed this immensely.

Between the Tweets
This story about a PR nightmare has just the right touch of irony. Short but it hit the right notes.

Love in the Afternoon
A woman’s husband surprises her with a getaway vacation but it can’t conjure up a bygone romance. This was so realistic it almost hurt but I loved the ending.

A Bird in the Hand
A married woman encounters her former secret lover at a party and both have regrets they didn’t even know they had. While this was not one of my favorites, it still was pretty interesting.

Crocodile Shoes
A weary working mother and neglected wife has a pair of fantastic shoes transform her life overnight. This is one of my favorites, full of humor with a perfect ending.

Holdups
A woman working at a jewelry store has an encounter with one of the robbers of the place while it is in progress. This was my least favorite as it was a bit far fetched. Still, it was interesting.

Last Year’s Coat
A married, working mother needs a new coat but the one she really wants is out of reach as they’re struggling to make ends meet. It has a lovely and pertinent ending.

Thirteen Days with John C.
A neglected married woman finds a cell phone and gets caught up in a texting relationship with a twist. This was touching and a bit sad though I got hooked through the end.

The Christmas List
A woman in a cold, dispassionate marriage is struggling to find the items on a Christmas list created by her husband for his mother. A fortunate ride in a taxi made this a really special story. Loved it.

 

 

Listen to a clip!

About Fiona Hardingham

Winner of 7 AudioFile Earphones Awards and an ALA Odyssey Award honorary listing, Fiona is a highly sought-after voice over artist. For the last three consecutive years three of her audiobook titles were listed in the ‘Top Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults’ by the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA).

Fiona has an extensive collection of character voices and accents and has worked professional in animation, audiobooks, ADR, commercials, documentary narration, promotional content, trailers and film. She gave life to Jacqui the French Mouse in Walt Disney’s short film The Magic of the Glass Slipper, as part of the 100th year anniversary diamond edition of Cinderella. She also voiced a leading role in the SMOSH animation series Otaku Taco Truck. Fiona is the ongoing voice announcer for the popular ESPN radio/TV comedy sports series, Jalen & Jacoby, hosted by Jalen Rose & David Jacoby; and coming in 2017, she voices a leading role in the new feature length animation film Monster Island.

About Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes’ novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges: