It’s my turn on the Audiobook Blog Tour for The Star of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert. It’s contemporary and women’s fiction. It’s all about taking charge in life and reaching out to grab your dreams.About the Author
Jane taught English in Vienna then travelled the world as cabin crew, before making the life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Deathtrap”, and most recently “True West” in London’s West End. She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.
It’s never too late to follow your dreams….
Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…
Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress! Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?Review
When her boyfriend breaks up with her, Emily decides it’s time to change her entire life. She decides to try and achieve a dream of hers that she tucked away a long time ago. Now, in the midst of a midlife crisis of sorts she changes her entire life to chase that dream again.
It isn’t exactly an easy dream either, becoming an actress, especially when it’s harder to get into the business the older you are. Well, perhaps more of a problem for women that is. What follows are quite a few difficult, ironic and entertaining situations, as Emily fights for what she really wants.
I actually bought the ecopy of this after listening to the audiobook. I wanted to compare the written version and the audio version.
The author actually narrates the book herself, which isn’t as common as one would imagine. What I can say unequivocally is that Lambert gives the audiobook an entirely different feel to it, as opposed to the written words.
It’s upbeat, witty, fast, quirky, breathless and some kind of wonderful. If I am being entirely honest I think Lambert infuses the audio version with all the emotions and expectations she wants her readers to experience with the story, whereas the written version can seem a little more downbeat at times. I would certainly recommend picking up the audiobook to hear the character of Emily as Jane imagines her to be and not just read about her.
Apparently Lambert is adapting this book into a six part comedy drama for television. I can absolutely see that being a hoot, because Emily is the kind of character who is inadvertently amusing and very snarky. The premise will work well on the screen.
It’s contemporary and women’s fiction. It’s all about taking charge in life and reaching out to grab your dreams.
Buy The Start of Something Wonderful – Audiobook at Amazon Uk or Ecopy, or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited and HQ Digital. Buy the Audiobook at Amazon com.