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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (510 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stella Gibbons Narrator: Carole Boyd Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Life is not quite a fairytale for poor Viola. Left penniless, the young widow is forced to live with her late husband's family in a joyless old house.

There's Mr Wither, a tyrannical old miser; Mrs Wither, who thinks Viola is just a common shop girl; and two unlovely sisters-in-law, one of whom is in love with the chauffeur. Only the prospect of the charity ball can raise Viola's spirits especially as Victor Spring, the local prince charming, will be there.

But Victor's intentions towards our Cinderella are, in short, not quite honourable.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 2/10/2014

    " I did not like this novel as much as Cold Comfort Farm as it is not quite as witty or charming but an amusing and lighthearted read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny Little | 2/9/2014

    " A wry Cinderella fairytale with some fabulous expressions/observations. It took me a while to absorb the style it was written in but once in I was hooked. It reminded me of the TV show 'Miranda' where the drama is going on and she keeps making wry comments to the camera. I would recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/8/2014

    " This was a delight to read. Gibbons has a very elegant and beautiful writing style and I love her caricatures. Set against the backdrop of a fairy tale storyline, the novel gives a humorous commentary about class and prejudice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 1/19/2014

    " One of the best examples of character development "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 1/15/2014

    " One of my favorite books is "Cold Comfort Farm", so I was excited to find this by Gibbons. It's longer and more happens, but it's just as generous but not as funny as "Farm". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsa | 1/13/2014

    " It's been a few months since I read this, but it haunts me. I think I've never read a book where characters the author has contempt for are written so compassionately. It's a simple story simply told, but it resonates in your bones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 1/7/2014

    " Loved this book! A nice light read, predictable but good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 eb | 1/1/2014

    " Funny, insightful, fiercely but not pedantically feminist. I love Stella Gibbons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/29/2013

    " Not quite CCC, but amusant nonetheless.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carey Combe | 12/29/2013

    " Not as good as Cold Comfort farm - but "jolly good" fun nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/25/2013

    " Good, not great. I read this because I liked the movie Cold Comfort Farm based on the novel by the same author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris Larson | 12/15/2013

    " This is no Cold Comfort Farm, but it's okay. Though I was about halfway through the book before I really liked or sympathized with any of the characters. I kept waiting for a Flora Poste to come in, some eminently likeable character who would tidy everyone else up, but no. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sansanee | 1/21/2013

    " A sly, witty, and charming comedy of manners, with characters perfectly imperfect. Some of them get what they want but not without a price. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Orchard | 6/13/2012

    " I loved all the different characters, and hearing about how they all ended up in life, the other did a great job of letting you know instead of summing everything up and making you always wonder what happened to the characters after that point! I was not disappointed :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Jones | 3/11/2012

    " After 75 pages I had to stop reading. It's hard for me to spend time reading about people I don't like, and I couldn't find one person I liked. Of course, this is the second book in a row I didn't finish, so maybe it's just the mood I'm in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 11/13/2011

    " This novel is enjoyable, but it lacks the appealing quirkiness of Cold Comfort Farm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 8/11/2011

    " To be fair, this deserves more than 2 stars. But also to be fair to all the books I've liked so much more and rated as 3 stars, I can't give this a 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manda | 6/7/2011

    " A charming Cinderella tale for the Bright Young Things set. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/22/2011

    " Well written fluff from 1938 -- nice if you want a peek at an old-timey romance in quaint English village. My we've come a long way from these rigid positions of class and sex roles.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 eb | 5/18/2011

    " Funny, insightful, fiercely but not pedantically feminist. I love Stella Gibbons. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johanna | 5/3/2011

    " Not nearly as good as Cold Comfort Farm. It was difficult to really enjoy this book as it seemed impossible to care about any of the characters. The writing is certainly witty and the book is well plotted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanna | 2/19/2011

    " Not what I expected. A romantic comedy with a cynical narrator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/4/2011

    " I was enjoying this book when my life became too crazy to finish it and it became due at the library. I will look forward to picking it up again at a later date. The first few chapters intriguing characters and a few chuckle out loud moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sansanee | 11/30/2010

    " A sly, witty, and charming comedy of manners, with characters perfectly imperfect. Some of them get what they want but not without a price. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/29/2010

    " Tried to make myself keep reading this, since I'd purchased it to listen to from Audible, but I just can't do it. There's absolutely no plot to speak of, and I'm almost halfway done listening, and it just drones on and on and on... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 10/12/2010

    " Very satisfying! This one has been called second-best after Cold Comfort Farm (in my mind, a minor masterpiece). Recommend for Gibbons fans; it's a particular type of slightly aloof humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsa | 9/28/2010

    " It's been a few months since I read this, but it haunts me. I think I've never read a book where characters the author has contempt for are written so compassionately. It's a simple story simply told, but it resonates in your bones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 8/22/2010

    " As someone always on the hunt for a new Jane Austen, I was thrilled to find Nightingale Wood. Gibbons' witty social commentary, plus her fine eye for human foibles, make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. She spins a very fine Cinderella story indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 8/1/2010

    " Poor Stella Gibbons! She was so witty and smart - and she must roll over in her grave every time someone says "I liked this book, but it was not as good as "Cold Comfort Farm." Fun Cinderella story! "

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