Jul 182017

And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:05-02-17
Publisher: Listening Library

Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who’s always nurtured Nora’s talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to study history’s most famous artists. The only catch? Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to her grandfather. It’s a no-brainer: Nora is in!

Unfortunately, Nora’s mother, Alice, is less than thrilled about the trip. She worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter – and her opinions haven’t gone unnoticed. Nora couldn’t feel more unsupported by her mother, and in the weeks leading up to the trip, the women are as disconnected as they’ve ever been. But seconds after saying good-bye to Alice at the airport terminal, Nora hears a voice call out: “Wait! Stop! I’m coming with you!”

And…they’re off.

I enjoyed getting to know Nora, her mom Alice, and the other characters. I enjoyed the story and following along with them as they toured Europe, especially Ireland.

What I didn’t enjoy was the relationship between Nora and Alice. Nora wanted to be on her own, feeling grown up. Numerous times she screamed at her mother “this was supposed to be MY trip.” The relationship between them was awful. I felt bad for Nora since it was indeed supposed to be her trip, but I felt worse for her mom since she was going through a very hard time in her life and just wanted to get away for a while, and Nora was always mad and/or yelling at her.

There were a few times here and there when they did get along pretty good, but the whole tantrum throwing Nora did got on my nerves.

The book was narrated by Lauren Fortgang who did an good job with the voices, although I thought she made Alice’s voice a bit too hoity toity. I have the audiobook The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry which is narrated by Lauren Fortgang, and am looking forward to hearing how she does with the narration.

Overall, I’m glad I listened to this book, which is the author’s debut novel. I would like to read more from her.

 Posted by at 3:19 PM

  12 Responses to “Audiobook Review
And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz”

  1. What’s sad is plenty of mothers and daughters have relationships like that.

  2. Vicki, thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about this audio book. I’m glad you enjoyed it, for the most part.

  3. That’s a good review, Vicki. If Ireland is heavily featured I am drawn to books with that backdrop.

  4. This book and author are new to me, glad to read your review. I just finished Eleanor Oliphant (audio) and enjoyed it a lot. Hope u are having a nice summer Vicki

    • I have EOIPF on audio and hope to get to it soon. There are so many books I want to read that it’s hard to pick what to read next. I hope you’re having a great summer too!

  5. Happy to say I had a better relationship with my daughters when they were young (and now). It sounds like a pretty good story though. I’ll keep it in mind. Can’t wait to hear what you think of The Bookshop at Water’s End audiobook. I loved the print edition.

  6. I like to read about mother/daughter relationships if they are hopeful. I am fortunate to count my mom and daughter as best friends.

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