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Home Economics for Girls
or Tabitha Tickham and the Cake Crisis
~Author: J.P. Wright
~Narrator: Claire M. James
~Released: December 12th, 2016
~Length: 7 hours 30 minutes
~Genres: Humor, Mystery
Here is a country house murder mystery of sorts, for daughters and their mothers, and anyone else who wants to learn the correct way to eat a scone.
Violet has to prepare for her Home Economics assessment, but with a house full of guests and a lunatic sister playing detective, how will she ever get it done? And if the dog did not destroy her mother’s cake, who did? Did she really see someone lurking down at the gatehouse? Which one is the bay tree, and what does nutmeg look like anyway? Should self-confessed teachers be allowed out into society?
All these questions must be answered before the weekend is over.
JP Wright lives in the south of England. Between the demands of his day-job, his duties as amanuensis to the Tickham girls, digging his garden, cycling, running and spending time with his own beautiful girls, he sometimes finds time to write for himself.
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Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
It was not something I considered at all at that stage. Now, having had the experience of hearing someone else perform my words, I am writing the next one with that possibility in mind. I think it will improve my writing: seeking clarity and beauty in sound might lead me to clarity and beauty on the page.
How did you select your narrator?
I offered the thing up on acx and got lucky.
How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters? I think I gave brief notes on the two girls, but very little else. I trusted in the brilliance of the writing or the skill of the narrator.
Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format? I love listening to the dialogue. The minor characters have more distinctive voices in the audiobook, and now in my mind too, having heard it.
If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
Would time spent travelling be time lost from where I am now? In that case, no I’d not go. Too much to do here.
What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
After the age of five or six, reading is not about practising the mechanics of getting the words from page to tongue, but about engaging the imagination, considering the suggestions the author might be making about life, entering imagined worlds. These can be done as well by careful listening as by careful reading.
How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
I’ll tell you when I’m sure it’s finished.
What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
“Are you sure the world needs your dreary teen vampires?”
Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
Read it aloud yourself first – or get your computer to do it. Better to find errors or awkward phrasing then, rather than ask your narrator to re-record.
What’s next for you?
I’m nearing the end of ‘French for Girls’, and have a half-completed draft of ‘Biology ..’ waiting to be taken back up. There will be a lot of polishing before I can consider getting those caterpillars transformed into audio butterflies.
What a fun story!
This story opens in a picturesque murder house mystery, and a rather grumpy girl who doesn’t want to deal with any of it, because she’s got an assignment to finish. Instead, mysteries and questions pop up all around her, and she’s only got a couple hours to answer them all.
Reminiscent of early Nancy Drew amateur sleuth novels, mixed in with a younger sense of humor and sense of innocence in a big world. The characters were all colorful and endearing, and the story was constructed very well, with a flow that kept a steady momentum toward the ending. I enjoyed the overall mystery of the cake and the dog, and the humor surrounding the entire debacle.
I had the pleasure of experiencing the audiobook version of this story, and found it very entertaining. My only complaint comes from this though, as the narrator seemed slightly mature for the character and plot she was working with. While she did a wonderful job, I think there was probably a better voice to fit Violet and her entertaining weekend. As is, it was still done very well, and I enjoyed listening to the story unfold.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in it – I doubt you’ll be disappointed. I would also keep an eye on this author, as I’m sure he will produce more entertaining stories for our enjoyment in the future.
*I was given a complimentary audiobook edition of this book, from the author, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.
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