Actress Cornelia Otis Skinner and journalist Emily Kimbrough offer a lighthearted, hilarious memoir of their European tour in the 1920s, when they were fresh out of college from Bryn Mawr. Some of the more amusing anecdotes involve a pair of rabbit-skin capes that begin shedding at the most inopportune moments and an episode in which the girls are stranded atop Notre Dame cathedral at midnight. And, of course, there's romance, in the form of handsome young doctor Tom Newhall and college "Lothario" Avery Moore. Published in 1942, the book spent five weeks at the top of the New York Times best-seller list in the winter of 1943 and was made into a motion picture in 1944.
©1942 Dood, Mead and Company, Inc.; Foreword 2004 by James Mustich, Jr. (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Holly on 19-10-13

Snorting with laughter...!

Although I own this book in hardcover, it has been a long time since I read it. I used one of my credits to acquire it from Audible recently, and one day instead of listening to classic rock, I started this up on my iPOD on a marathon walk. I walk daily, very long and very fast.

Let me tell you, breaking out into laughter, so hard one even snorts, is quite disruptive to one's aerobic breathing! And genuinely fun :D! This is a delightful book that will make you laugh uncontrollably in many places. It is beautifully rendered by Celeste Lawson.

By the way, I have a few fans out there who wave at me and smile but because I have been grinning like a monkey while listening to this charming book, I have doubled my race walking fan club, a nice side bonus of being an Audible devotee.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED comedy! Also so nostalgic of a time gone by and what it is like to be young...

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By ElyseC on 13-11-17

Delighted to find this fave on Audible!

I discovered this book as a teen in my high school library and it has been the one book I've read and reread the most over the years. When I discovered a local bookseller of rare and used books Our Hearts Were Young and Gay was first on my list to look for. (They had it and it was a first edition!) It doesn't matter that I've read it countless times (a wild guess would be 30+), I still dissolve into giggles at the authors' misadventures every single time. I was delighted to find it on Audible and can now dive back into Cornelia's and Emily's teenage misadventures in Europe while on the go. Celeste Lawson's performance is delightful!

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