Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Undomestic Goddess (Audiobook)

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Chick-Lit
Length: 12 hours and 5 minutes
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Source: eLibrary
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Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.

Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.

But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?

My Rating:

My Review:
Samantha Sweeting's only life is her job as an attorney and her only ambition is to become partner.  When her dream is within her reach disaster strike and Samantha is left reeling and with few options.  Wanting to get far away from anyone who would know or recognize her, she finds her self at the door of beautiful house where she takes a job as a housekeeper.  A job which she has no actual skill which is readily apparent to everyone but her employers.  Being the perfectionist workaholic that she is, she throws herself into being the best housekeeper she can be and stumbles into a romance in the process.  But her past soon catches up with her in the most unconventional manner Samantha wants to have it all...but can she?

On the story...
While not my favorite Sophie Kinsella book, I enjoyed this one all the same.  The reader has to suspend their disbelief a bit to imagine that a prominent and successful (and likely wealthy) lawyer would take a job as a housekeeper.  I mean her mistake was HUGE but I'm not sure that being a housekeeper is the next logical step.  There are fewer random plot twists that I've come to expect from Sophie Kinsella but endearing characters are present.  Let's not forget all the trouble the characters often find themselves in.  The romance is sweet though not my favorite.  It's a solid funny read for one of those days.  I'm not quite sure what I think about the ending.  I really couldn't see why her decision had to be so extreme but I would love to hear thoughts on that.  I'm a bit biased.

On the narrator...
I love Rosalyn Landor and she did a fantastic job here as well.  I especially loved her voices for Samantha's snooty but lovable employers.  Her accent is right-on as usual.

If you haven't read Sophie Kinsella or listened to one of her audios, I would probably start with a different one but definitely get to this one eventually.  It was a fun read, but I couldn't help comparing it to some of the others I had read.

P.S.  This audio was completed in 2012 and did not apply to any challenges.
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  1. This sounds like a good read. I heat thay Sophie Kinsella has some awesome books. Plus, I am trying to read more on the go this year! Gonna check this out!!

    1. Reading on the go has actually gotten more exciting for me. I hope you experience the same.

  2. You know, I enjoyed this one. It isn't my favorite (Twenties Girl is and always will be), but it was sweet, and funny. I can imagine it was awesome on audio-book!

  3. I do like Kinsella, and there are still a few more I have to read :)

    1. I haven't touched the shopaholic series. I'm not sure if I want to read a series. The stand alones are such fun.

  4. Ahhh I actually own this book but haven't read it yet.

  5. Thanks for your honest review. I like how you pointed out it's good but not the best place for a SK audio newbie.

  6. I just felt the need to stop by and tell you how much I like the way that you choose to rate books. With a smiley face system instead of a number rating or star rating. Its a really smart idea because its universally understood and its easier than trying to decide if a book is 3 stars or 3.5 starts of something of the sort.

    Thanks for making your blog awesome to read!

    -Stacy at Longtime Lover Of Literature

  7. I love Kinsella's development of characters. She usually does a really good job with that. I have to agree with you though. Going from lawyer to housekeeper after some event may not be all that logical. But I'm sure it made for some entertaining scenarios!

    Sounds like a fun read.

    1. It was entertaining, but I will admit that the mistake she made was HUGE!

  8. I have this book on my bookshelf and I am not going to read your review until I read the book. But I am happy to see the happy face. LOL!

  9. I think this is probably my favorite Kinsella book! I think I actually listened to it too - I know I listened Can You Keep A Secret? - I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    1. I like listening to her books. I've never read a physical copy. The audios are such fun.


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