Audiobook Review

Good Girl

By
Anna Fitzpatrick
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average rating is 4 out of 5
Performance
average rating is 4 out of 5
Overall
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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

I Love Lucy

THE BIRDICT

🧡 Secretary meets Fleabag? Yep, sure. On the face of it, this has the wit, the erotica of both. But to me, this was a coming of age comedy; a portrait of a sweet, naive 20-something navigating the utterly cringy awkwardness of being. The two aforementioned works lean towards drama. Good Girl is much lighter.

💚Main character Lucy is endearing and infuriating in equal measure. I enjoyed being in her head. She doesn’t know what she wants to do or what she wants to be, except maybe Maggie Gyllenhall in Secretary. And who doesn’t want to be Maggie Gyllenhall in anything?

💜 In terms of the sexual content, it’s not so much erotic as a tongue-in-cheek Emily Post guide to S&M, examining the etiquette and varieties and pitfalls.

Big thanks to NetGalley and Bespeak Audio Editions for providing me with an ALC in return for an honest review.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

🎧 At nearly 9 hours, this was a respectable length for a humour audiobook, making it great value for anyone searching for a story in this underserved genre. And it was such effortless listening, I devoured it in a day.

🎧 Mich Anger delivers a thoroughly likeable, rounded performance, doing justice to all the characters and providing the vocal change cues so vital to a listener. She plays Lucy as very young, which I found interesting and very much a choice to emphasise her naivety. This would have been a very different experience had it been read, for example, with the sardonic purr of Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

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Good Girl

THE BLURB

Lucy tries so hard to be good. She was always a good student, tries to be a good friend, a good citizen, a good feminist, and now she wants a lover who will give her a good beating, preferably after tying her up.

Dating swings from the sublime to the humiliating, but then Lucy hooks up with someone who challenges her to pursue the writing career she has been letting idle. When she discovers a teen magazine from the 1970s, it sparks her imagination and her life finally seems to come into focus; but as she learns more about how women were treated behind the scenes, she has to decide what to do. How to be true to herself, as chaotic as she believes herself to be; how to be good to those around her; how to survive as a young woman in the still messy media culture of 2015.

Surprising, sexy, and hilarious, Good Girl is a thoughtful and endearing portrait of a young woman unsure of what she’s supposed to want from a world where the rules keep changing.