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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (303 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beryl Bainbridge Narrator: Paul McGann Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is 1950 in Liverpool, and Stella, just fifteen-years-old, is hired as an assistant stage manager for a repertory theatre company's production of Peter Pan. Meredith, the director, and O'Hara, who plays Captain Hook, envision a lighthearted play unburdened by symbolism.

But the innocent Stella begins to create an entirely different drama - one that neither man could have imagined. Unlike Peter Pan, Stella grows up all to quickly ... Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " (3.5 stars - very torn...) Dry wit, dark humor, sparse writing, twisted storyline that goes down smooth with a kick at the end. It's been a long time since I read Bainbridge and this was a good reminder of how she can be entertaining and disturbing all at the same time. Young Stella joins the somewhat seedy local theater group and falls in love with the director - the self-centered and apathetic Meredith. Stella is so unworldly that she has no idea that he is gay - her efforts to "practice" sex and make him jealous will only lead to heartache. Her innocence had me laughing out loud on one page and wanting to rescue her on the next. One encounter with a reporter in a movie theater had me particularly squirmy, wondering why someone wasn't looking out for this vulnerable girl. While I enjoy sparse writing, I must admit that I had trouble connecting with these characters as Bainbridge doesn't give you a lot to warm up to. But she delivers on a plot that made me rethink my impressions and go back to reread passages that I originally glossed over. This isn't a book to read passively. It's subtle and asks the reader to work to fill in gaps and draw connections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ally | 2/12/2014

    " Of course I'm obsessed with absolutely everything Peter Pan, and Beryl Bainbridge is pretty cool so. I mean, I have to. It wasn't what I was expecting, to be honest. The blurb makes it sound much darker and less literary, but I'm glad I stuck with it, even though there were a few times I had to go back and read over a couple bits. But I still really liked it, and wish it could have been longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 2/10/2014

    " An extraordinarily witty, perceptive exploration of a young girl's initiation into the world of adulthood. Line by line, this slender novel builds a world that is at once full of possibilities and governed by limitations. A black comedy that ultimately persuades the reader to have compassion for the circumscribed lives of its characters and to consider the limitations of one's own life as disguised opportunities for sympathy and gentleness for oneself and others. Cogent, sardonic, quick and emotionally satisfying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ryl | 1/28/2014

    " I would have rated it higher if I could have figured out what the sam scratch was going on. "

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