The Pleasing Hour

Author(s): Lily King
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.88 hours)
Product Number: Z3489
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449879105
Narrator/s: Suzanne Toren
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Winner of the 1999 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, Lily King's splendid novel, The Pleasing Hour, is based on her experiences while traveling throughout France and Spain. She worked as an au pair during her four-year adventure and was inspired to begin writing. Having suffered a tremendous loss, 17-year-old Rosie decides to make a fresh start. Taking a job as a nanny on a houseboat in Paris, she fills the void of loss with a new family. Almost immediately she lets the three children and their needy father, Marc, into her heart. As their relationship becomes increasingly intimate, Rosie soon discovers the secrets of the cold and detached mother, Nicole--whose demons are eerily similar to her own. Masterfully giving voice and personality to each character, Suzanne Toren's narration does justice to Lily King's witty tale, leading the listener to both laughter and tears.


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The Pleasing Hour
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Product Number:C1702
Product Number:Z3489

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All formats/editions

Author(s): Lily King
Narrator(s): Suzanne Toren
Product Number C1702
Released: Apr 17, 2002
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402520785
Author(s): Lily King
Product Number EB00641319
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
ISBN: #9780802197863

Professional reviews

"Lily King's engaging first novel of maternal and carnal love is performed tidily by Suzanne Toren. Toren's French and Spanish are as eloquent and appropriate in accent as her English. Parisians speak with the slur and growl of the capital, while the country folk purr and sing. The heroine's Spanish improves in time, as does her French--a meticulous portrayal. However, as a new writer, King's weaving of her characters into a landscape often becomes awkward when the characters seem to conflict with her desire to describe her traveling experiences. B.H.B. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"