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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (484 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lily King Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winner of the 1999 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, Lily King's splendid novel, The Pleasing Hour, is based on her experiences while traveling throughout France and Spain. She worked as an au pair during her four-year adventure and was inspired to begin writing.

Having suffered a tremendous loss, 17-year-old Rosie decides to make a fresh start. Taking a job as a nanny on a houseboat in Paris, she fills the void of loss with a new family. Almost immediately she lets the three children and their needy father, Marc, into her heart. As their relationship becomes increasingly intimate, Rosie soon discovers the secrets of the cold and detached mother, Nicole - whose demons are eerily similar to her own.

Masterfully giving voice and personality to each character, Suzanne Toren's narration does justice to Lily King's witty tale, leading the listener to both laughter and tears. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judith Shadford | 2/15/2014

    " The writing was beautiful, evocative, made me want to be in Paris. But the plot lines, bouncing back and forth from first person to third person, past time to the eventual resolution were at the least, confusing. Ended up in keeping the story from being really stunning. Too bad, really. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer Fetterly | 2/6/2014

    " First BC selection in 2001 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Daisy | 2/4/2014

    " I read this a long time ago and remember liking it. Wish I could remember more details... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance | 2/3/2014

    " Mysterious story of girl who has child for her sister and then escapes to Paris. "

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