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3.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 5 3.24 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lily King Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781436142199
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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 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 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 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 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance | 2/3/2014

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marvin | 1/30/2014

    " This novel has received rave reviews, but I found it rather uninteresting. A young woman becomes an au pair for a Parisian family to escape her past & ends up falling in love with the father (I guess; even that's not altogether clear). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karo | 1/25/2014

    " I very much enjoyed reading The Pleasing Hour -- I'm actually quite surprised that Oprah hasn't chosen it for her book club. It's very much her type of book -- summer reading with a kick. The novel centers around a young American girl who literally runs away to Paris and becomes an au pair for a rather interesting family there. The Pleasing Hour deals not only with Rosie, the au pair, but delves into the characters of the entire Tivot family -- the distant and cold mother, the scattered father who longs for human affection, the confused older sister, the brassy younger sister, and the brother, coddled by his mother and longing to become a priest. The book is somewhat of an insight into French culture, but Lily King is no Peter Mayle. It's the characters and the relationships among them that make The Pleasing Hour shine. The reader learns the cause of Rosie's pain quite early on in the book, and in a way, she's merely a window through which the reader is able to get a glimpse of the Tivot family. An intriguing and well-written debut novel -- I look forward to reading more by Ms. King. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara D. | 1/19/2014

    " Beautifully written, great insight into the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria | 1/1/2014

    " Another "wonder how this ended up on my bookshelf" book. Can't say I disliked it but I can't (and didn't) say I liked it much. I know I glanced over the Book Club Discussion Points at the end and pretty much wasn't interested in discussing any of those points at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/31/2013

    " A storyline that is disjointed but prose that is surprisingly fluid, with unexpected lyrical and deeply authentic lines that catch you unawares. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debi | 12/28/2013

    " A predictable plot about a nanny in France that falls for the father of the 3 children. Plot jumps around too much for my liking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin Bateman | 12/17/2013

    " This was oddly inconsistent. The symbolism was incredibly "in your fce, beat you over the head" and the story line suffered from too-subtle details and odd time changes. I can clearly tell this was a first novel. Honestly, it seemed a bit amateurish for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 11/24/2013

    " Can't wait to read more books by Lily King! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marguerite | 11/10/2013

    " A lovely, nuanced story about families, loss and common bonds that transcend culture and place. My only disappointment is that I don't think the French settings came through as vividly as Spain did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/28/2013

    " It's about a young American woman who goes to paris to work as an au pair and escape a decision she made back home. I really enjoyed it, especially because of the language issues that came up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 10/27/2013

    " Takes place predominately in France, story of an au-pair who is escaping her past and the family she ends up working for. Great story that moves back and forth beautifully from past to present, very touching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 10/9/2013

    " There are dull parts, and I honestly wouldn't have lasted this book if not for the main character and her French host family's visit to Spain! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 6/22/2013

    " I enjoyed the author's relaxed writing style. Each part of the story unfolds in a natural way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 4/9/2013

    " Oh what a wonderful book. I loved loved loved this story of an au pair in France who escaped a suspect past in America. It was a lovely 1st novel by King. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 12/30/2012

    " After reading several rave reviews of this book, I expected more. It is a decent, quick read. The book is set in France, both Paris and Southern, so if you like France, you may enjoy the setting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison Lauderdale | 10/25/2012

    " Don't waste your time...unless you have a 20 hour car ride and your brain needs a rest from weightier reading... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monique | 5/31/2012

    " It was hard for me to rate this book. I liked the style of writing and the characters that were developed, but the ending didn't seem to bring things together and I closed the book wondering what the author had intended in writing this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 3/11/2012

    " I loved the beginning and could really relate to the protagonist. I thought the perspectives of the three children, though well written, was unnecessary & detracting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Libby | 1/15/2012

    " Had a somewhat compelling plot but was maudlin and cliche. I kept wanting to go somewhere other than the predictable but it never did. The author kept bringing in random things that did not seem to fit in with the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 12/21/2011

    " I read this book a number of years ago, but loved it. We ended up doing it for my book club at the time, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Geriak | 11/6/2011

    " Beautifully written novel from the perspectives of several characters. The story centers around an American girl working as an au pair in Paris. Lovely, and just my kind of book -- a perfect fit for me. I'd highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 4/25/2011

    " This was much better than I expected. Well-written and at least a little relatable for any reader who has lived in a foreign country. Made me want to go live abroad some more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L | 4/21/2011

    " A year in France brings a young American new reserves of sympathy and maturity. This is a light easy read yet contains much more than meets the eye. Very enjoyable and well written. As another reviewer said, "it left us feeling as we've become fluent in a foreign language". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 2/15/2011

    " Don't waste your time...unless you have a 20 hour car ride and your brain needs a rest from weightier reading... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 11/4/2010

    " There are dull parts, and I honestly wouldn't have lasted this book if not for the main character and her French host family's visit to Spain! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 10/29/2010

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/4/2010

    " Lily King has gone to the top of my all-time-favorite authors. Beautiful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/27/2010

    " It's about a young American woman who goes to paris to work as an au pair and escape a decision she made back home. I really enjoyed it, especially because of the language issues that came up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 9/21/2010

    " Beautifully written, great insight into the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stef | 8/31/2010

    " A subtle, steady, satisfying read about a girl who has outgrown her home. Great, strong, clear characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 8/16/2010

    " This was much better than I expected. Well-written and at least a little relatable for any reader who has lived in a foreign country. Made me want to go live abroad some more! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 4/4/2010

    " This was oddly inconsistent. The symbolism was incredibly "in your fce, beat you over the head" and the story line suffered from too-subtle details and odd time changes. I can clearly tell this was a first novel. Honestly, it seemed a bit amateurish for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/3/2009

    " Beautifully written novel from the perspectives of several characters. The story centers around an American girl working as an au pair in Paris. Lovely, and just my kind of book -- a perfect fit for me. I'd highly recommend it. "

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About the Author
Author Lily King

Lily King’s first novel, The Pleasing Hour, won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and was a New York Times Notable Book and an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her books The English Teacher and Father of the Rain have also received numerous awards and accolades, such as being named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year and the winner of the Maine Fiction Award. Lily lives with her family in Maine.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.