Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister, narrated by Angela Brazil
Published in audio by AudioGO; published in print by Putnam, an imprint of Penguin
On paper, Violet Epps has no problem expressing forceful opinions – she has to do it for her job as a movie critic, and she does it well. In her personal life, however, Violet is more of a retiring wallflower, unable to stand up for herself. At this rate she’s never going to be considered a fit guardian for her recently-orphaned niece. Until she has dinner at the Algonquin Hotel. While there, Violet channels renowned wit Dorothy Parker, whose ghost doesn’t stay at the Algonquin, but follows her home, trying to help her learn to stand up for herself.
Thoughts on the story:
Farewell, Dorothy Parker is a fun story of growth and self-discovery. Dorothy Parker is a nice addition, she is someone I think most people only know about vaguely, and learning more about her in this way is quite interesting.
Thoughts on the audio production:
I absolutely adored Angela Brazil’s narration in Frances and Bernard. She’s so emotive and her voice is perfect for the epistolary narrative. I had a much more difficult time with her narration in Farewell, Dorothy Parker. Brazil used a virtually identical style in Farewell, Dorothy Parker to the one in Frances and Bernard, which works fairly well for dialogue, but there is way too much emotion here in general and it becomes somewhat annoying, detracting from the listening experience.
I really wish the audiobook had worked better for me here, because I think then I might have enjoyed the entire experience much more than I did.
For more, see my review for Audiofile Magazine.
Source: Audiofile Magazine
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