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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,410 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Angela Carter Narrator: Eileen Atkins Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Nora and Dora, the 'famous' Chance sisters, prepare to go to their perennially absent father's 100th birthday party. With a wide and colourful, often rather crazy cast, the story veers off in a multitude of directions as Dora's reminiscent narrative slips from past to present suddenly and seamlessly throughout. The illegitimate 'bastard' Chance twins are the black sheep of the family. The all-singing, all-dancing, sweary, aging, make-up caked, high-heeled, bawdy, gritty and overall magnetic Chance twins, that is.

Never apart for long, the two are very much peas from the same pod: Sir Melchior Hazard, surviving head of a great acting dynasty, who is imminently to celebrate his 100th birthday. Packed with gags, tears, histories, mysteries, feuds and romantic (and some not-so-romantic) unions, 'Wise Children', like the Chance girls, doesn't miss a trick, and is jam-packed with all of the entrancing magic realism and nouveau-feminism that has ensconced Angela Carter so snugly in the canon of revered cult writers. 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 martha | 2/11/2014

    " A quick, charming read. Draws heavily on Shakespearian comedies with tons of twins, switcheroos, confusing parentage, Old Hollywood, the theater, and all kinds of hijinks, with narration that's funny and ribald and sweet all at once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 2/5/2014

    " I want to kiss Angela Carter's feet. She's a genius. This is the third book of hers I've read. She appears to be fascinated by incest, language, the theater, magic, and fires. What's not to like? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fionnuala | 1/26/2014

    " Hypnotic writing but never really developed into a plot - I can see more and more why Carter is a great short story writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Longley | 1/25/2014

    " This is the history of the Hazards and Chances in a day/centuary as seen by Dora (and Nora to a certain extent). It's a complex plot with plenty of gleeful moments and characters, the twists and turns of high and low art, and rather heart warming Shakespearian nonsense in all that. I liked Dora as a narrator and the prose was lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.-C. | 1/21/2014

    " I got this book as a preteen, and it's one of the books I love the most, and have read several times in the years since. I could write about the wonders of the book, the ephemeral nature of all things, the absorbing qualities of the narrative ... but I'll just say that if you haven't read it, you should. Soon. Very soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/18/2014

    " Having not much liked Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus, I was a little reluctant to read this. However, I am glad that I did - I found this book much more to my taste than Nights at the Circus. I found the story of Dora and Nora quite interesting & loved the references to the 30's and 40's musical stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy Moffett | 1/16/2014

    " This is a clever book full of British humour, which I often don't think is really funny. It would appeal to the same people who appreciate British humour in other contexts! For me it was annoyingly complex - I didn't really care which twin was which and who fathered whom. Not my taste! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 1/14/2014

    " This is one of my very favorite books and I read it practically every year. It is so funny and smart and full of life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie cuatt | 12/29/2013

    " Kind of wacky "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 10/25/2013

    " read for college Sunset on the British Empire class "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winnie | 9/19/2013

    " Read it 3 times and counting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sps | 6/16/2013

    " Like Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes, but grown-up, with sex and aging. "

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

    " A raunchy tale of two sisters that takes one from the cabarets of England to early Hollywood hoopla. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 11/15/2012

    " crude and delightful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 7/10/2012

    " Modern Brit. Lit. class at MSU. Good class, great book. Very English, if you know what I mean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tarah | 2/9/2012

    " meh. I mean, still really good, but compared to what Carter can do... meh. *update* I am convinced that Carter on her worst day is still WAY better than most on their best. A two was too low. A three is more accurate, because you should still read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marta | 10/18/2011

    " apparently, angela carter cannot even make identical twin flapper showgirls interesting. also, the phrase 'born in a trunk' apparently refers to theater people who grew up around the theater. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 itpdx | 10/15/2011

    " This was a fun read until the end. Dora's voice was a joy. Her flippant, inside/outside attitude was lots of fun and I got quite a few chuckles from the story of her and her twin's lives. I did not really like the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shuriu | 7/1/2011

    " One of the few books that succeeded in making me laugh out LOUD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 6/24/2011

    " Macabre, twisted, darkly sensual feminist fairy tales. Grown-up women, toss aside those copies of Twilight, and embrace Angela Carter. Be brave. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Radiya | 6/21/2011

    " For English coursework last year... very, very, very... graphic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 6/12/2011

    " Angela Carter’s writing is vivid and dense. I often find myself rereading her passages and with each pass, another layer of meaning becomes evident. Frankly, her writing reminds me, I have much left to learn-but in a good way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/11/2011

    " I've read a couple of the stories in this collection, such as "The Bloody Chamber" and "Wolf Alice." I'm excited to get into more of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaycie | 6/6/2011

    " LOVED THIS. Carter's command of language in these fairy tale re-tellings is delightful and creepy and sometimes just plain chilling. Her strong female characters (many of them are the narrators of their own stories) are a pleasant twist to the original tales.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keoni | 5/16/2011

    " i didn't really enjoy this book as a whole. there were two stories that i liked overall, though. it's something that i need to reread later to appreciate more i think. the prose is too thick for me to fully appreciate "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/14/2011

    " Fabulous. I had to read 'The Company of Wolves', a short story from this book for a English Course I'm doing and I'm so glad I did! Carter's writing style just blows you away,and I just had to read the whole book despite the fact it made my coursework late!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 5/6/2011

    " Familiar fairy tales and tropes from folklore re-imagined for grown-up readers - dark, beautiful, twisted, and with a feminist slant - these often go in unfamiliar (but welcome) directions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 4/27/2011

    " Good ideas, sometimes lacking in the execution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xdyj | 4/9/2011

    " Beautiful retelling of traditional fairy tales with some criticism on culture and society, mostly through a feminist approach. Somewhat old fashioned but definitely worth reading. "

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