The Old Joke

  • by Reina James
  • Narrated by Penelope Keith
  • 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mim Lyons is a retired film actress, occasionally still recognised from her last great starring role in the late 1960s, but she's now more than content to stay away from the limelight.
When her agent calls out of the blue with a job offer, her husband begins to have his own dreams and schemes about the possibility of a comeback, in a part that unsettles Mim's perception of how her husband sees her and of who she really is.
As Mim struggles to preserve the quiet surface of her existence, it becomes impossible to ignore the turmoil in the lives of those closest to her.

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ordinary life really is very interesting

If you could sum up The Old Joke in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, amusing, touching


What did you like best about this story?

This story didn't offer answers or try to exaggerate it's plot. I could recognise some of those characters and definitely the situations they encountered. I enjoyed it's quirkiness


Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favourite?

Mims - I liked her because she loved her garden and wouldn't be persuaded back into her old life. I liked her honesty and her puzzlement/resentment over family relationships and above all her love for her husband.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this over several sittings - I would have loved to listen over longer periods of time, but my life doesn't work like that at present! However I found it was a story I thought about until I listened to the next episode and it was easy to 'pick up the thread'


Any additional comments?

I wasn't sure about Penelope Keith as a narrator, never having listened to her for long periods, but she was really good!

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- Ann D

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios