(Previously published as The Tennis Party)
Madeleine Wickham (aka Sophia
Read by Katherine Kellgren
August 30, 2011/ ISBN 142721235X
British / Couples / Humor / Audiobook: Unabridged – 6 CDs
by Brenda Weeaks
A Desirable Residence I thought maybe 40 Love
(The Tennis Party) would be just as entertaining –
and it was… I like how Wickham takes the time to explain her
characters as she introduces them. I have to say I was as judgmental
about the characters as they are about each other. Everyone thought
they were better than the other when they all have major flaws.
What starts as various levels of snobbery ends in startlingly-embarrassing
self-revelation – for everyone, including the kids…
Caroline Chance are giving a house party at their country estate.
They enjoy living large. Tennis, food, alcohol, and chitchat are
the highlights. Guests are Charles and Cressida Mobyn (wealthy &
aloof), Annie and Stephen (average income), Don and Valerie (father
& daughter, neighbors) and Ella Harte (an old flame). The players
take to the court where they make demands and attempt to take advantage
of each other. Eventually tennis volleys switch to personal volleys….
Emotions run high, but well hidden. One couple suffers financial
and marital ruin… Another is railroaded … While another
seeks revenge on the one that got away…
may react negatively to some of these characters, but they will
eventually identify with them once the characters receive a good
slap of reality. It’s quite a story to relate to on many levels.
And truth be told, it happens to all of us sooner or later. Wickham
is a master at creating characters, redeemable or not…. I
enjoy her work. Just a fair-warning there are some graphic love
The audio version
is narrated by Katherine Kellgren, a popular award-winning narrator.
Born in New York, she lived and study acting in London. Kellgren
also narrates A Desirable Residence. She’s able to
pull off the mood and attitude of both male and female characters.
All in all a nice weekend listen…
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