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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (2,217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeleine Wickham Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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From the author of the sensational best-selling Sophie Kinsella novels and the New York Times best sellers The Wedding Girl and Sleeping Arrangements, comes a wicked comedy of adultery, angst, and modern marriage.

The asking price for this house includes a stunning renovation of hearts and dreams....Liz and Jonathan Chambers were stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts, and a miserable adolescent daughter. Then realtor Marcus Witherstone came into their lives and it seemed he would solve all their problems. He knew the perfect tenants from London who would rent their old house: a glamorous PR girl, Ginny, and her almost-famous husband, Piers. But soon Liz is lost in blissful dreams of Marcus, Jonathan is left to run their business, and neither of them has time to notice that their teenage daughter is developing an unhealthy passion for the tenants, Piers and Ginny. Everyone is tangled up with everyone else, and in the most awkward possible way. As events close in, they all begin to realize that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.

A Desirable Residence is sure to continue the phenomenal success of the Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickham franchise.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenaia | 2/20/2014

    " Not Wickham's greatest work by any means. Most of the characters are difficult to like, and even the few nice ones, like Ginny, end up being bitches. That would be okay if her moment of evil had been solved, but no- it was left hanging horribly. The book had a terrible ending. It was still an okay read, because of Wickham's easy-to-read writing style, but I was deeply dissatisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 1/17/2014

    " Very different story from what I am used to. The characters were well-written and the story line was interesting. Not my favorite, but an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelyn | 1/17/2014

    " Quite funny, but the ending was too abrupt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanna Simicsak | 1/8/2014

    " Unlike her books written as Sophie Kinsella, Madeline Wickhams books ens in ways you don't necessarily expect. This particular book shows the ripple effects of peoples lives on one another who under differnt circumstances would probably never crossed paths. Well written, entertaining and poignant as well. A good read! :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diana | 12/30/2013

    " I feel like this book was so abruptly ended with no real tying up of loose ends. The characters were very one-dimensional. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley Cox | 12/29/2013

    " Not one of my favorites by Madeline Wickham/Sophie Kinsella. Abrupt ending, too many plot lines. Clearly, she improved on her writing greatly as time has gone on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan Trezins | 12/25/2013

    " Compared to other Kinsella/Wickham titles, this one was a disappointment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 12/24/2013

    " Meh. Loathsome characters. Undeveloped plot. I'm surprised I finished it to be honest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine Bates | 12/16/2013

    " Typical Kinsella/Wickham. Beach reading at its finest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey | 12/13/2013

    " Not really all that engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 12/5/2013

    " This book was really not very good. It was boring. I started reading it a while back and put it down. Then I decided to try it again. Her books written as Sophie Kinsella are so much better than her books under her real name. I'm glad I'm done with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 11/6/2013

    " Her books are always a fun, quick read, but this one didn't seem to have a real ending. It just kind of gave up toward the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kylie | 9/28/2013

    " So disappointed with the ending. I don't know why I keep giving this author a try. She's written a few that I raved about but lately everything I pick up I only finish because of those past books. Again, highly disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 9/27/2013

    " Not her best work but still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal Ledger | 9/13/2013

    " i didn't like any of the women characters expect for Alice. The books she writes under this name are so different then her other books. NOt bad books but not the best either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Smuckler | 7/14/2013

    " Perfect summer read: engaging, funny, and provides excellent fodder for conversation "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robbin | 3/30/2013

    " I don't think I like Wickham's style compared to Kinsella. The story was ok, no high drama. It focuses on several couples seemingly trying to keep up with the Joneses. Avoid this snoozer! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rhiannon | 3/5/2013

    " This book was a huge disappointment for me. I just found it lacked a good story-line and so it was kind of a time waster. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 3/5/2013

    " Not my favorite from Madeleine Wickham, but I haven't put it away yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawnette | 7/24/2012

    " I liked this book. First I'm reading anything by Wickham. Plot simple, dialogue was down-to-earth, but what I liked the most was the characters. They were real, like someone you know, or someone you can identify with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 7/10/2012

    " Ok book. Disappointed at end. Left me hanging. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/5/2012

    " awful. there wasn't a single likeable character, expect maybe Daniel but he was secondary. it was a chore to finish reading it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah F. | 5/12/2012

    " haven't yet finished this book. i'm taking a long break. i'm not enjoying the characters very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonia Copeskey | 2/21/2012

    " Based on Kinsella/Wickham's other books, this was not my favorite. Not terrible, but not all that exciting. Easy enough read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 8/16/2011

    " I did not particulary like this book....for me it was kinda dragged out....I love her shopaholic books under the name Kinsella, Sophia...thought I would try these also "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yiotula | 8/5/2011

    " A waste of time, she's one of y favorite authors but this book was really bad! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 4/10/2011

    " This book was really not very good. It was boring. I started reading it a while back and put it down. Then I decided to try it again. Her books written as Sophie Kinsella are so much better than her books under her real name. I'm glad I'm done with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 3/24/2011

    " Pretty cute... light reading for a weekend afternoon. The end was a bit weird, no real conclusion for the characters. I'll probably read this again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 3/18/2011

    " Worst MW book I've ever read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dianne | 2/24/2011

    " BLech! Don't bother with this one. I usually love Madeleine Wickham, but I'm not sure what she was thinking with this book. I hated the characters....pretty much all of them, except Jonathan and Alice.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorri | 2/8/2011

    " It was about a 2 1/2. It wasn't 'bad', but nothing exciting happened in the whole book. Several times I almost thought, 'why read it?' but I did finish it. Nothing profound, shocking, or even memorable really occured. Kinda blah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/1/2011

    " I am hoping this gets better. 140 pages in and still waiting...
    2 stars unless this gets better...

    The final verdict: 2 stars.
    What a shame, I so enjoyed her shopaolic series. Meh... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 1/22/2011

    " Enjoyable with a somewhat unexpected ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/20/2011

    " This wasn't bad, and much lighter than the last book I read. That said, I still expect my fluff reads to have an ending. It feels like a few chapters were cut out of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ahna | 1/17/2011

    " I had a hard time getting into this book and finishing it. It wasn't nearly as good as some of her others and I didn't enjoy the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aviva | 1/14/2011

    " I enjoyed it, and it eventually built up enough steam to keep my interest. But not even close to as good as some of her later writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 1/9/2011

    " Typical Kinsella/Wickham. Beach reading at its finest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tennille | 12/8/2010

    " Couldn't get into it and didn't finish, only got a few chapters in. "

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About the Author
Author Madeleine Wickham

Madeleine Wickham is the author of several acclaimed novels, including A Desirable Residence, Sleeping Arrangements, and The Wedding Girl. As Sophie Kinsella, she has written a number of bestsellers including the Shopaholic series, Twenties Girl, Remember Me?, The Undomestic Goddess, and Can You Keep a Secret? Confessions of a Shopaholic was made into a major motion picture starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy. Born in London, she studied at New College, Oxford. She lives in London with her husband and family.

About the Narrator

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award.