Cupidity

  • by Patricia Wood
  • Narrated by Michelle Babb
  • 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Lottery comes a new novel about greed, survival, and what's really important in life.
At the bottom of the heap, there's nowhere to go but up.
Waitress Tammy Tyree knows this intimately. Her life is a continual struggle of managing an eccentric uncle, looking after a younger brother who's not quite right, and doing everything she can to keep her family together in the small town of Spring, Washington. But Tammy has a couple of things going for her no matter how dire things get. She's tenacious and has her own take on karma. She believes the more unfortunate things that happen to a person, the more that person is due for a windfall. Each and every misfortune is a further guarantee that a golden opportunity is just around the corner.
When Tammy receives a confidential e-mail about an inheritance that's hers to claim, she's certain her ship has come in. Just a few details need to be ironed out, like a small matter of some fees to pay, bank forms to fill out, and taxes to remit, but she knows each complication brings her closer to that golden goose of egg-laying renown.
What starts as a personal quest ends up embroiling Tammy and everyone she holds dear in a scheme that could be the financial downfall of them all or the rescue of a small town that's slowly but surely falling through the cracks.

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Epic Disaster!

This book will take you on one hell of an adventure! It all begins with an elusive email from a doctor in Botswana. If Tammy Tyree follows his instructions, wiring money through to him, she will attain 5 million dollars (a fortune she supposedly inherited).

Awesome, but we've all encountered this sort of 'scam', pop- up email, at some point or another. But for Tammy this is her first, and she's a gullible young thing: she signs herself up. And as you'd expect, money begins to disappear from her account. To the point that, she can't fulfil all the instructions, she can't pay the doctor for his services in getting her fortune to her. This is when it all spirals out of control: Tammy's secret is out, and all of a sudden her whole town wants to help out. They invest in her fortune, and they invest A LOT. But she has the most to lose, as a struggling waitress holding down four jobs and on the constant search for more, she doesn't have a lot as it is. Then, there's her little brother who's already been subjected to a tough life, because of his autism. Just how will she manage wben faced with an empty account, and no fortune to be found? What a mess! How will she break it to her friends or, rather, investors? Is she herself just a scam artist?

This book was indeed hilarious: the absurdity of Tammy's gullibility was astounding. The ending was a shock. In all honesty, whem I heard the storyline I didn't think this would be quite an engaging story- I figured it would be a depressing story with down on their luck characters. This was not the case, at all. Tammy's gullibility and optimism, against pretty much anything (but not everything) she faced was incredible. All in all, it was written well. You can count on laughing at every strange event or occurrence: for the Tyree clan, trouble is an inevitability you just have to deal with. All they really are is misunderstood. Or perhaps, I'm just a little gullible ;)

I loved the story, it was also excellently narrated. This has to be one of Michelle Babb's best works. I've been listening to this audio book for over a week, I'd have finished it sooner had I had the time. But, with most audio books, the narration detracts from your enjoyment. From all of Michelle's work, I can't recall this being the case. Her voice was fitting, and she did the characters justice, considering just how difficult they must have been.

I received this audio book from the narrator, free of charge, for the purpose of writing an honest review.
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- Sara Niña

Batty tale about Nigerian scam emails

What made the experience of listening to Cupidity the most enjoyable?

I enjoy audiobooks in general, I have read Lottery by the author before. The narrator managed to capture the various voices and accents quite well, especially Tammy's.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Cupidity?

It was all in the build-up really, with a lot of plotlines coming together at the end. I wouldn't want to give it away!


Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favourite?

Tammy Tyree, the naive yet loveable waitress who responds to the Nigerian email promising her money...


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The relationship between Tammy and her autistic brother Jar is well written, with many scenes showing her motherly love for him, her acceptance.


Any additional comments?

This caught my eye as I was unexpectedly delighted with Lottery when I discovered that by accident a few years ago, and I was more than happy to try a new Patricia Wood. Glancing at the blurb, the theme of underdogs encountering potential good fortune was a formula I was quite glad to try on audiobook.

Narrator-wise, the audiobook was fine, a range of voices for the different characters, with the accents setting the scene well. Tammy Tyree is a young waitress, living with her ne'er-do-well, scheme-happy Uncle and autistic younger brother Jar (who speaks a language only Tammy can translate - for us as well as the neighbourhood). She's been saddled with responsibility beyond her years, but maintains an upbeat attitude most of the time about her debts, bills and future, though it does look grim.

Her silver lining one day appears - in the form of an email from a man in Africa, promising her a share of a Tyree inheritance from a dead relative, if only she can send funds to release it first... Finally, Tammy has got some good luck! And maybe the small decaying town she lives in can share in it too.

Hilarious plot, the jaw-droppingly eye-wateringly naivety, the shovelling deeper into the mire, Tammy is both our guide and a woman we want to scream at and take in hand. You KNOW it can't end well - can it?

It all goes a bit madcap (and would all her colleagues and acquaintances REALLY believe it too?!), and insane, with other relations wanting a piece of the action as Tammy's secret potential fortune becomes common knowledge.

Thoroughly enjoyed this, despite the glaring insanity of the whole plot. Tammy and Jar make a very sweet sibling pair, his condition quite well portrayed. Tammy herself manages to be both loveable and infuriating. I would have loved more Uncle E and his made-up vocabulary.

Crazy, crazy idea - works brilliantly well as a book (and could be a very good film as well). Has a bit of everything, and you really can't quite see what is going to happen at the end. A perfect summer light read, will keep you guessing, smiling and checking your emails :)

With thanks to the narrator for providing a copy of the audiobook, for review purposes.

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- K. J. Noyes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-02-2015
  • Publisher: Patricia Wood, Author