• A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald

  • By: Natasha Lester
  • Narrated by: Kelly Burke
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 26-04-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (28 ratings)

Summary

It's 1922 in the Manhattan of gin, jazz and prosperity. Women wear makeup and hitched hemlines - and enjoy a new freedom to vote and work. Not so for Evelyn Lockhart, who is forbidden from pursuing her passion to become one of the first female doctors. Chasing her dream will mean turning her back on her family: her competitive sister, Viola; her conservative parents; and the childhood best friend she is expected to marry, Charlie.
In a desperate attempt to support herself through Columbia University's medical school, Evie auditions for the infamous late-night Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. But if she gets the part, what will it mean for her fledgling relationship with Upper East Side banker Thomas Whitman - a man Evie thinks she could fall in love with, if only she lived a life less scandalous?
©2016 Natasha Lester (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By emma on 28-10-16

More than your average chick lit

I liked the historical and feminist aspects of this novel, about a bright young woman who wants to be an obstetrician, back in 1920s New York when it was virtually unheard of for a woman to attend medical school. I don't know how historically accurate the novel is, but I found it quite gripping. The parts about the Follies were a bit ridiculous, but otherwise the book was very enjoyable, and I wanted to keep listening to past my train stop.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Janet H. Maddox on 04-06-16

Spoiled by the narrator

How to review this novel? The story is interesting with many unusual elements. The period is generally well evoked. But the author's voice sounds like a soap opera, with overly dramatic language and a leading lady who often behaves so stupidly as to be frustrating. Instead of the strong woman she is meant to be, she sounds like she will take to her fainting couch in the next scene. Add to all that the childish, overly dramatic reading by the narrator and you have a story with good bones totally spoiled by turning it into a cheap romance.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Huston on 28-06-16

Lack Luster

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I read so many reviews on this novel before choosing it for my ever-precious monthly credit. Man was I BUMMED when I finished this book! I just kept thinking throughout the story, "Why did everyone rate this so high? I feel like a thirteen year old girl would love this book."

Fair warning: there is no real history in this, other than it's time frame. The heroine is constantly under siege by the world around her, and hits almost no real obstacles to overcome it all!

Narration was not terrible, but clearly....underdeveloped. The only character that has a real voice is the heroine, and everyone else in the story is given this clipped, almost newsboy type of style of speech and tone.

Not impressed in the least bit.

Has A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kelly Burke’s performances?

Maybe.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald?

I would have developed more of the parents, given them more depth, and therefore given Evie more depth, and of all the things that Evie could have "won" I would have expected it to be her parents love and the author doesn't even give them a chance.

Additionally, the entire existence of Lucille seems to be excessive.

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