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February 13, 2015 / Leslie

Lillian on Life by Alison Jean Lester

A Rapid Review

Lillian on Life by Alison Jean Lester

LillianOnLifePublisher: Penguin Audio | January 2015
Format: Audio Download | 4½ hours | Rating: 3½ stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

This is the story of Lillian, a single woman reflecting on her choices and imagining her future. Born in the Midwest in the 1930s; Lillian lives, loves, and works in Europe in the fifties and early sixties; she settles in New York and pursues the great love of her life in the sixties and seventies. Now it’s the early nineties, and she’s taking stock.

This was an interesting look at an unconventional woman – one who made choices that were not the standard in her time. And although Lillian claimed she always wanted marriage and children, her choices in men and career caused her to remain single. But Lillian still lived her life to the fullest.

It was written in the style of a memoir using a series of short chapters with titles that sound like an instruction manual on the life Lillian is reflecting back upon; such as: “On the Dual Purpose of Things”, “On One-Night Stands”, “On Us”, “On Looking the Part”, “On the End”.

Witty and full of life, Lillian’s story will entertain women of all ages… and might enlighten a few men too!

Audio production:
At only a little over four hours, I listened to this in one afternoon. It was pleasantly narrated by Kathe Mazur; an easy, entertaining listen.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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  1. laurelrainsnow / Feb 13 2015 9:20 am

    I enjoyed this one, too…thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  2. BermudaOnion / Feb 13 2015 10:01 am

    I have this in print . It sounds like something I’d like.


  3. Mary / Feb 13 2015 10:50 am

    Adding it to my Audible wish list!


  4. Diane / Feb 13 2015 11:14 am

    Definitely plan to try this one. She seems like a woman I would admire.


  5. Suko / Feb 13 2015 12:48 pm

    Leslie, this sounds quite listen-able! Terrific review of this audiobook.


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