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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (721 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eileen Favorite Narrator: Charlotte Parry Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781436115780
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Although a true lover of books, Anne-Marie Entwhistle prefers not to read to her spirited daughter, Penny, especially from the likes of Madame Bovary, Gone With the Wind, or The Scarlet Letter. These novels, devoted to the lives of the Heroines that make them so irresistible, have a way of hitting too close to home -- well, to the Homestead actually, where Anne-Marie runs the quaint family-owned bed and breakfast. In this enchanting debut novel, Penny and her mother encounter great women from classic works of literature who make the Homestead their destination of choice just as the plots of their tumultuous, unforgettable stories begin to unravel. They appear at all hours of the day and in all manners of distress. A lovesick Madame Bovary languishes in their hammock after Rodolphe has abandoned her, and Scarlett O'Hara's emotions are not easily tempered by tea and eiderdowns. These visitors long for comfort, consolation, and sometimes for more attention than the adolescent Penny wants her mother to give. Knowing that to interfere with their stories would cause mayhem in literature, Anne-Marie does her best to make each Heroine feel at home, with a roof over her head and a shoulder to cry on. But when Penny begins to feel overshadowed by her mother's indulgence of each and every Heroine, havoc ensues, and the thirteen-year-old embarks on her own memorable tale. Eileen Favorite's lively, fresh, and enormously entertaining novel gives readers a chance to experience their favorite Heroines all over again, or introduces these fictional women so beguilingly that further acquaintance will surely follow. Narrated by the courageous and irreverent Penny, The Heroines will make book lovers rejoice. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy (amyb2332) | 2/20/2014

    " This book was pretty unique and I really liked the idea behind it. However, I wasn't really expecting the story to go in the direction it did and I didn't really liked where it went. I wanted more about the heroines and less of all the main character craziness. Still it was a really quick, easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy | 2/18/2014

    " I don't think I really got it; seemed very disjointed; an interesting idea not really realized "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marjanne | 2/9/2014

    " This book had an good idea for the plot, though it wasn't as interesting as it could have been. Basically it's about a 13 year old girl who lives with her single mother and their housekeeper. They run a bed and breakfast and all these heroines from novels visit them (such as Madame Bovary, Scarlett O'Herra, Catherine Earnshaw). This should have been a better book. I liked the main character, though I spent most of the novel trying to decide if the heroines are real or they are all just crazy. Anyhow, this book was ok, but I felt like it could have been so much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 12/26/2013

    " I agree with most of the reviews here - the summary on the back was intriguing and original, but the story didn't live up to the potential and the Heroines themselves became completely irrelevnt. Very disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 12/24/2013

    " If Jasper Fforde and Judy Blume had a torrid love affair, this would be their love-child. Charm, angst, gentleness, cruelty, realism, fantasy, all jumbled up and tied together with a love of books and characters. Great fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 12/21/2013

    " Not one of my typical reads since it is so fairytale oriented but I really enjoyed it. The book was a great vacation read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 11/28/2013

    " The heroines come to stay at the bed and breakfast for a brief rest before returning to their stories. Penny, the 13 yr old daughter of the owner narrates the story. Quite a fantasy! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 AM | 11/22/2013

    " Somewhere in the middle this book took a left turn and just about the last third it fell off a cliff. I was in love with the first 75 pages, and felt very disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/4/2013

    " not too bad, she does a decent job of taking an unbelievable subject and making it fairly believable "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 9/21/2013

    " I like the idea, and was thrilled to see characters from the Tain (I don't know many people who've read it); but otherwise it was a bit ... thin. Not bad for getting me to and from school, though. (Audiobook) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 8/17/2013

    " Re-reading b/c this is the April selection for my book club. I picked it b/c Kaite said it's a good choice if you want to mess with the minds of your book club members. I first read it sometime in 2008. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Lea | 7/7/2013

    " I still haven't finished this book. It started out great, but then got extremely weird. The main character was admitted into an institution.. just couldn't bring myself to finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 6/19/2013

    " Good idea, not well executed but I did finish the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liza K | 6/7/2013

    " a light read,about a girl who lives in 70's and characters from books visit her house. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 5/23/2013

    " This book was fun. I loved the premise...a B & B for heroines who need a break from their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy Sauve | 1/2/2013

    " Very readable. Some clever ironic twists. Story is totally far-fetched and inplausible, but then again it was meant to be. Made me want to read many of the classics that I haven't gotten around to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 9/30/2012

    " a bed and breakfast that caters to fictional characters when they come alive for some relief from their depressing tales. Written from the owner's daughter's point of view as she grows up in this strange environment, and learns the truth of where her father really came from.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 5/6/2012

    " Listened to the "playaway" version of this as I cleaned - worked well for it's purpose. I do really like the narrator's voice, but the story was just OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 3/28/2012

    " The premise of this book was awesome, the ending was good, but the middle was a weird story that could have been so much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 8/14/2011

    " A bed and breakfast for literary heroines who need a break from their plots? What a neat idea. This book could have been so very funny, but it wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan Pugh | 8/6/2011

    " Catchy premise and fast moving story. I liked the idea, but wish that there would have been more "guests." I saw the ending a mile away. There was no surprise there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 4/6/2011

    " The plot looked promising and was rather bumpy mid-way but overall, I thought it a wonderfully crafted novel. Appealing to the book lover in me, I could sense Penny's disappointment and ultimate triumph. A short novel but a good enough length for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 3/15/2011

    " After scanning a few of the existing reviews for this book, I see that my thoughts have been expressed. Great idea, disappointing execution. This could have been so good... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vittoria | 3/2/2011

    " It was light reading and a good concept. Not sure if I felt the story was as strong as it could have been. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/5/2011

    " It was a book that makes me want to go out and reread all the classics that had Heroines that visited The Homestead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellison | 12/2/2010

    " A quirky novel full of references to all of the classics, most of which I've never read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacie | 11/5/2010

    " The whole time I was thinking "Is she crazy? Is her mother crazy? Is the story plot supposed to be real or imagined?" I HATE the way it ended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 11/1/2010

    " Kind of different and wacky, but entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 8/14/2010

    " Loved it! Started a little slow (or so I thought) but once I was sucked in - it was great! I'm now thinking I might actually read "The Classics" - The Scarlet Letter...Bronte.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephani | 8/10/2010

    " First chapter down, and I am hooked. Favorite uses beautiful prose and well strung imagery. She has an uncanny ability to have flashback into a frustrated 13 year old's voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 6/21/2010

    " A brilliant idea that sadly falters in execution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 6/7/2010

    " During reading...
    So far not what I was expecting. Far more like "Girl Interrupted" than anything else.

    Once finished...
    I really want to re-write this book. It could have been so much better than it was. Too bad! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 6/1/2010

    " Disappointed. Kept waiting for more "Heroines" to show up and rescue the book. Boo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/20/2010

    " This book is So. Much. Fun. :)

    Four and a half stars! This could have been just gimmicky, but Favorite takes the idea and really makes it work. I did see the final reveal coming a long way off, but that didn't spoil anything. "

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About the Narrator

Charlotte Parry has performed in several Broadway plays, including the revival of The Winslow Boy and The Importance of Being Earnest. Also an accomplished narrator, she has read several audiobooks for Recorded Books and Random House.