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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (215 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Dean Narrator: David Thorpe Publisher: Isis Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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Obsessed with death and planning his own funeral, Ken is determined to die in the bosom of his family. But it isn't that easy; his family don't want to know him. His oldest son Nick left home over 20 years ago and reinvented himself. At 40, he has returned home to Kent, and found happiness with his girlfriend Astrid and their 12-year-old daughter Laura, and he doesn't want the old man to spoil things. He's come a long way; he's a professional, a country gent, a a family man. But the past is coming back for Nick and it won't let him be.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lola425 | 2/20/2014

    " Quite funny, the characters are all, well, characters. Makes you think about perspective and the past, and how when you are ging through something your perspective is so skewed by the immediacy of the emotion and how the further past an event (or a life) you get the more you can reflect on it, probably gild it up a bit, but ultimately get something valuable from something that felt so horrible, or unbearable, in the moment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise | 2/20/2014

    " Marginal at best but it did have its funny moments. It just wasn't one of those books you're anxious to get back to reading. Maybe a 4 on my scale of 10. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookmarks Magazine | 1/31/2014

    " Dean asks the big questions about love, commitment, and the changing boundaries among family members in this exploration of marriage and family. While critics generally agreed that The Old Romantic is light on plot, they nonetheless described it as a barbed social satire on class, love, and marriage in its various forms. Dean also offers many revelatory moments, though the Minneapolis Star Tribune thought that her insights, many as they are, lacked an emotional core. Despite that criticism, reviewers generally praised this story of family dysfunction, reunion, and, ultimately, of the quest for happiness and fulfillment. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rheba Smith | 1/29/2014

    " This book is horrible. I couldn't distinguish the characters apart. Ms. Dean doesn't go by the rules for indention of paragraphs or punctuation so most of the time I couldn't even decipher who was talking. I read 50 pages and quit -- something I never do. Don't waste your money. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/25/2014

    " Difficult read. A little to British for me, but I got through it and felt it had enough good points to give it 3 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gaurett | 1/22/2014

    " Easy read. Set in England, a tale of a father and middle aged son and how each copes with growing old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/19/2014

    " A very funny story about a divorce attorney, estranged from both his divorced parents until the father comes re-enters seeking the son's help in getting him a divorce. The father becomes interested in a local woman who runs a funeral parlor at the same time he meets his first wife again. The father is a boor, the oldest son holds himself to be better than all his family and the younger brothers tries his hardest to reunite everyone. As the older son comes to grips with his life, his girlfriend and his family, he realizes that he is not the person he thought he was. This is an enjoyable read, the father is a great character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/14/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It's not an easy read for Americans because it is decidedly British and doesn't pander to American tastes. I really enjoyed it, being an Anglophile! Great characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 1/9/2014

    " not quite sure what was supposed to be so good about this. The first half was all misery and then, suddenly everyone figures it all out and life gets better? WTF. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adelaide Petti | 12/16/2013

    " Honestly, I can say this was a really good book and i enjoyed reading it.(: "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 11/20/2013

    " This could have been good. Disappointing read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 9/28/2013

    " The writing is sublime! I could not put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ceanne | 9/6/2013

    " Very, very dull, dull, dull... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 8/8/2013

    " 1 star it is: I didn't like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla Glenn | 7/20/2013

    " Brilliant. She's great with pithy characters. I don't undertsand the jacket comparison to Updike though -- she's so much better! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esil | 4/24/2013

    " I seem to remember that the New York Times Book Review gave this book a good review, but I found it mostly disappointing. It seemed like a caricature of a dysfunctional family, without the benefit of good satire. At least it was a fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 2/4/2013

    " I got 3/4 though just wanting wanting wanting to get carried away with this book. I loved the dialogue but the action and expository info drove me bonkers. I couldn't follow and there was something dragging about it. ugh. maybe it's just me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/3/2013

    " Totally, thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 8/31/2012

    " Slow going at first, such an unlikable lot. About 2/3 in I wanted to know where they were going and even kinda liked a couple of them a bit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/18/2012

    " Quirky characters made me laugh & made me think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/13/2012

    " Writing was excellent. Loved the characters in this very dysfunctional family contemporary family. This would have been fun to listen to for the British accent and slang. We are left with hope in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yara | 3/13/2012

    " When i look back on this book, i think it was actually pretty good. Left me with a good feeling at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 12/11/2011

    " If this is supposed to be funny, I missed the humor. I couldn't get into this book. The writing, the plot, they all sounded better in theory! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn Zorpette | 7/8/2011

    " The characters are sharply and perceptively drawn; the dialogue is believable and yet engaging; the descriptions are deft. It's hard to find fault with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/6/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It's not an easy read for Americans because it is decidedly British and doesn't pander to American tastes. I really enjoyed it, being an Anglophile! Great characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/4/2011

    " Writing was excellent. Loved the characters in this very dysfunctional family contemporary family. This would have been fun to listen to for the British accent and slang. We are left with hope in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gaurett | 4/5/2011

    " Easy read. Set in England, a tale of a father and middle aged son and how each copes with growing old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/2/2011

    " Quirky characters made me laugh & made me think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rheba | 3/31/2011

    " This book is horrible. I couldn't distinguish the characters apart. Ms. Dean doesn't go by the rules for indention of paragraphs or punctuation so most of the time I couldn't even decipher who was talking. I read 50 pages and quit -- something I never do. Don't waste your money. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 3/20/2011

    " The writing is sublime! I could not put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 2/28/2011

    " I got 3/4 though just wanting wanting wanting to get carried away with this book. I loved the dialogue but the action and expository info drove me bonkers. I couldn't follow and there was something dragging about it. ugh. maybe it's just me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 2/22/2011

    " not quite sure what was supposed to be so good about this. The first half was all misery and then, suddenly everyone figures it all out and life gets better? WTF. "

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