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3.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 5 3.13 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beryl Bainbridge Narrator: Paul McGann Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Ryl | 1/28/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 1/23/2014

    " There were bits of it I liked and it was sometimes funny, but I'm not sure if I understood the purpose of the story. I just didn't really seem that much happened in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Snarky's | 1/17/2014

    " One of the few examples where the movie and the book compliment each other. Both are fantastic! I read this and was so excited to find out it was a movie. I watched the movie and fell deeper in love with the characters. This is another book that made me gasp and sob at the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/18/2013

    " I enjoyed this touching book with typical British humor. The narrator did a great job, I loved his accent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayla Bassham | 10/9/2013

    " I expected to like this more than I did. Stella annoyed me too much for me to really enjoy the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nina Mcneill | 10/8/2013

    " the strange morality - perhaps of the times, but all the adventures seemed a bit soulless. good writing though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Robbins | 10/4/2013

    " The first Beryl Bainbridge I've read but just have to have more - NOW! Hooked on this book from the first page. The comedy is superb, but there was so much more tucked away in such a spare, compressed little book. The ending has the same stunning quality as the scratched recording in Brighton Rock. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 9/10/2013

    " Great story, great writing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 8/8/2013

    " I'm still not sure I actually know what the plot of this book was. Far too easy to read without actually taking in a single word. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Anne | 5/30/2013

    " Boring. Sorry, but nothing happened! And not in the prosaic examination of everyday life kinda way, was simply disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Jones | 5/14/2013

    " A wonderful, tightly-written story. The wry observation, the honed dialogue, the sense of struggle, how not fitting the bill is regarded as 'perverse', the fear a girl might 'build up hopes only to have them dashed'. Every word means something yet so much isn't spelt out. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serena | 4/30/2013

    " Took me a little while to get into the way that this was written but once I got going I enjoyed it Enjoyed the story and the rather hysterical main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E. Ilana Diamant | 6/15/2012

    " Oedipus Rex meet Peter Pan meet Britain's working class. Very moving story and brilliant story-telling (even if you find the story unpalatable). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/18/2012

    " It's really fun, a very enjoyable read. I think I've seen the/a film adaptation as the telephone bit really rang a bell (hee hee!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Jones | 12/16/2011

    " Surprisingly moving. Bet the films shit though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 6/7/2011

    " I'm still not sure I actually know what the plot of this book was. Far too easy to read without actually taking in a single word. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayla | 2/21/2011

    " I expected to like this more than I did. Stella annoyed me too much for me to really enjoy the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 7/24/2010

    " I almost gave up on this, because it is no easy read and I'm rather tired at the moment, but it drew me in with its vivid characterisations. Not a happy book, but a memorable and moving one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Collyn | 8/1/2008

    " I mean... typical Bainbridge. Characters that are all quirks in place of substance and a few solid, pithy observations about the details of daily life. Totally readable but I would be surprised if I remember much of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryl F | 5/10/2008

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KJP | 8/9/2007

    " There were quite a few interesting neat aspects of this book, but then things that turned out quite disturbing. I havent seen the film, but the novel was okay. "

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