Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe audiobook

Paradise Lodge

By Nina Stibbe
Read by Helen Baxendale

Little, Brown & Company 9780316309318
9.23 Hours 1
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A delightful story of growing up, getting old, and every step in between, from the acclaimed author of Man at the Helm and Love, Nina. After succeeding in her quest to help her unconventional mother find a new "man at the helm," fifteen-year-old Lizzie Vogel simply wants to be a normal teenager. Just when it looks as if things have settled down, her mother goes and has another baby. On top of that, Lizzie's best friend has deserted her for the punk craze, which Lizzie finds too exhausting to commit to herself. But Lizzie soon gets more commitment than she bargained for when she takes a job as a junior nurse at Paradise Lodge, a ramshackle refuge for the elderly that has seen better days. It's no place for a teenager, much less one with as little experience emptying a bedpan as Lizzie. What begins as away to avoid school and earn some spending money (for the finer things in life, like real coffee and beer shampoo) quickly turns into the education of a lifetime. Lizzie encounters a colorful cast of eccentric characters -- including a nurse determined to turn one of the patients into a husband (and a retirement plan); an efficient but clueless nun trying to modernize the place; and Lizzie's unlikely first love -- who become her surrogate family. When Paradise Lodge faces a crisis in the form of a rival nursing home with enough amenities to make even the comatose jealous, Lizzie must find a way to save her job before she loses the only place she's ever felt she belongs. A hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale, Paradise Lodge proves that it's never too early -- or too late -- to grow up.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A People Magazine’s “Great Reads” Pick

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A delightful story of growing up, getting old, and every step in between, from the acclaimed author of Man at the Helm and Love, Nina. After succeeding in her quest to help her unconventional mother find a new "man at the helm," fifteen-year-old Lizzie Vogel simply wants to be a normal teenager. Just when it looks as if things have settled down, her mother goes and has another baby. On top of that, Lizzie's best friend has deserted her for the punk craze, which Lizzie finds too exhausting to commit to herself. But Lizzie soon gets more commitment than she bargained for when she takes a job as a junior nurse at Paradise Lodge, a ramshackle refuge for the elderly that has seen better days. It's no place for a teenager, much less one with as little experience emptying a bedpan as Lizzie. What begins as away to avoid school and earn some spending money (for the finer things in life, like real coffee and beer shampoo) quickly turns into the education of a lifetime. Lizzie encounters a colorful cast of eccentric characters -- including a nurse determined to turn one of the patients into a husband (and a retirement plan); an efficient but clueless nun trying to modernize the place; and Lizzie's unlikely first love -- who become her surrogate family. When Paradise Lodge faces a crisis in the form of a rival nursing home with enough amenities to make even the comatose jealous, Lizzie must find a way to save her job before she loses the only place she's ever felt she belongs. A hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale, Paradise Lodge proves that it's never too early -- or too late -- to grow up.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Helen Baxendale splendidly captures the spunky voice of fifteen-year-old Lizzie Vogel…[and] expertly recounts the humorous narratives as well as the voices of the diverse elderly residents and nurses…Baxendale maintains a light, upbeat tone…[in] this perfectly narrated sequel to Man at the Helm [which] can stand on its own. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A merry book…Our young heroine sees the world through glasses tinted not rose, exactly, but at least salmon or mauve.” New York Times Book Review
“Stibbe manages to make Lizzie sincere and naïve without being syrupy or precious and creates a story that helps readers understand human nature a little better.” Publishers Weekly
“Stibbe’s deadpan first-person delivery once again balances quirky charm with beady insight…Another deft helping of absurd social comedy and unconventional wisdom from a writer of singular, decidedly English gifts.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Nina Stibbe

Author Bio: Nina Stibbe

Nina Stibbe is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir Love, Nina and the novel Man at the Helm, which was shortlisted for the Lingerer Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 9.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English