The Men and the Girls

Author(s): Joanna Trollope
CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: BN6367
Released: Jun 24, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781491532515
Narrator/s: Eleanor Bron
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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"When James accidentally swerves into an elderly woman with his car, he is mortified. But for his girlfriend, Kate, it's a wake-up call: What is she doing with this man, twenty-five years her senior, who forgets his glasses and knocks an old lady off her bike? James's lifelong friend Hugh is faring little better with his seemingly perfect and significantly younger wife Julia. Once one of Britain's most famous newsmen, Hugh sees his star fading-just as Julia's is rising through a lucrative new TV career. Four people-the men and the girls-each struggle with discontent as two relationships teeter on the brink. Add to the mix one fiercely independent spinster named Miss Bachelor, and what transpires will alter all of their lives forever, as new relationships blossom, old insecurities surface, and homes and fortunes are turned upside down."

Professional reviews

"This contemporary British novel is the witty and warm tale written of two couples and the problems of their families. Both men, who were best friends in the '60's, are living with women twenty-five years younger. The production is excellent. The narrator is well-chosen for her quick British accent and her very contemporary voice. She changes her inflection for the different characters and never panders to the traditional, and not always successful, way of portraying men's voices deeply and women's voices shrilly. This is the second book of Trollope's that Bron has read, and it's a very successful interpretation--the results are easy to listen to and bring out the poignancy of the story. E.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"