by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet
Narrated by : Ellen Archer
Published by Books on Tape Release date : April 28th 2008
Genres: Adult, Romance
Length: 5 hours, 8 minutes
Source: Library | Format: Audiobook
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Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany's. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He's perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can't stay forever, though. On Jane's ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she'll soon forget him.
Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone-a handsome, comforting, funny man. He's perfect. His name is Michael . . .
This is a heartrending story that surpasses all expectations of why these people have been brought together. With the breathtaking momentum and gripping emotional twists that have made James Patterson a bestselling author all over the world, SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY'S takes an altogether fresh look at the timeless and transforming power of love.
Sundays at Tiffany’s is my very first audio review. Since I have decided to broaden my horizons and start doing audio reviews, I thought I’d start with something simple, short in length and by an author I recognize, to get in the swing of things. My options were limited at the time and I was hesitate to even “read” it. But, I did. Quite honestly, I don’t think it was the best book I could have chosen. I am not a huge James Patterson fan. I think I have read like, two of his books so I am not at all that surprised I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. While the premise sounds like an epic love story it just.. was weird for me.
Always in the shadow of her mothers fame, Jane is a lonely girl. Spending her Sunday’s having dessert with her imaginary friend, Michael, is the highlight of her week. Michael, a sweet, handsome and charming man has been there for Jane since she can remember. On the night of her ninth birthday, Michael informs Jane that he is leaving her. With a the promise that Jane will not remember him, he disappears. Now, 20 some odd years later, Jane is still living in the shadows of her mother, working in her production company. With her successful career and handsome boyfriend, it seems as if Jane has it all. Still, she feels lost and lonely. And never forgot Michael. Michael is in between jobs and heads back to New York. With an unexpected run in with Jane, he questions his existence and why it is that he is really back.
Whew that was a long summary. Which only brushes up on the main parts. The book is primarily from Jane’s POV but we do get some insight into Michael’s as well. I think the book would have been a lot stronger had his POV been few and far in between. I loved the mystery regarding his existence but we don’t have many answers to all the WHYs and HOWs. I was more interested in that than Jane’s back and forth with her mother and boyfriend, Hugh. Or the development of their “love story”.
To be honest, the whole Adult-watching-a-kid-grow-up-them-falling-in-love-with-them creeps.me.out. This isn’t romantic. To me, this is cause for some serious issues and doesn’t sit right with me. Granted, he was gone for a while, YEARS actually, then returned– only to fall in love with the woman who Jane has become. But he always thought about her. Had said he ALWAYS loved her. He remembered her too, which apparently is a big deal when you’re an imaginary friend. I just.. I don’t understand it. And I don’t like it.
It took awhile for things to really start progressing. For at least the first half of the book, I was bored and just waiting for something to happen. I can see why, in a way, since we needed to see a little bit more into Jane’s life and Michael’s separately, but i just.. couldn’t bring myself to care. I also didn’t get the “adult” vibe. A few curse words thrown in here and there and the few details during their “love-making” were the only indications. Oh and age too. But everyone and everything was pretty juvenile. The twist thrown in at the end was more like a curve. It was predictable and not at all shocking.
There were times that I wanted to hit Jane. Seriously. She was a doormat, with a huge sigh on her forehead that screamed WALK ON ME. I was SO HAPPY when she finally gave everyone a piece of her mind. I was smiling from ear to ear when this happened. In a way, I felt sorry for her and her upbringing. She feels inadequate and unloved, and feels like she just her Mother’s shadow.
I suppose I should mention at least something about the narrator. Aside from the occasional accent and a few out bursts from Hugh, her voice was pretty monotone. She sounded bored, which in turn, bored me.
My Peeve- Pretty much the entire book.
Overall- Not for me. I was a little shocked too to see this was made a movie. WHY? In any case, if a drawn out story, juvenile “adult” characters and a weird love story is your thing, well then. Have at it.