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Domestic Violets

By: Matthew Norman
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
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Summary

Tom Violet always thought that by the time he turned 35, he’d have everything going for him. Fame. Fortune. A beautiful wife. A satisfying career as a successful novelist. A happy dog to greet him at the end of the day.

The reality, though, is far different. He’s got a wife, but their problems are bigger than he can even imagine. And he’s written a novel, but the manuscript he’s slaved over for years is currently hidden in his desk drawer while his father, an actual famous writer, just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His career, such that it is, involves mind-numbing corporate buzzwords, his pretentious archnemesis Gregory, and a hopeless, completely inappropriate crush on his favorite coworker. Oh... and his dog, according to the vet, is suffering from acute anxiety.

Tom’s life is crushing his soul, but he’s decided to do something about it. (Really.) Domestic Violets is the brilliant and beguiling story of a man finally taking control of his own happiness - even if it means making a complete idiot of himself along the way.

©2011 Matthew Norman (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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  • Pamela Harvey
  • 13-08-11

What a rollicking ride!

I loved every dysfunctional minute of this. A bit of domestic "noir" mixed with some slightly irreverent angst makes this one a walk on the wilder side of the staid worlds of academia and publishing, as well as a productive and hilarious forage into the familial terrior commonly inhabited by chick fic. Not to be missed!

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  • S. R. Gibb
  • 04-03-12

A Bit Lightweight

I found the corporate speak part of this book mildly amusing but the book overall rather light weight and ultimately unsatisfying.

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  • Kimberly
  • 20-12-11

Beautiful Little Book

I didn't know what to expect with this one. It's not the type of story I'm normally drawn to, but it really is a lovely book. The characters & situations are very real and the narration is pretty good. I was caught up in it. Give it a try.

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  • lucy
  • 16-06-12

enjoyable

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I wasn't sure if i would enjoy this book, but it grew on me and loved the story line. Very funny at times, well done.

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  • TashaJRiley
  • 18-07-15

awesome

the best possible narrator, an entertainingly smooth, flowing story, just enough realistic drama...this book is as near perfect a fun novel as any novel could be. loved it!

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  • Denise
  • 20-03-15

Pretty good!

The story is a bit contrived at times and the main character can be glib but overall it was an enjoyable listen.

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  • JD
  • 15-06-16

Good read

Book was great, a lot of twists and turns. It took me a little to get used to the narrator..

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  • RueRue
  • 16-09-14

Great story !

This is funny and insightful, some laugh out loud scenes as well as lump in the throat moments. The narrator was great with male characters but AWFUL with female voices. Otherwise, great story and entertaining listen. ( better than anything by Jonathan Trooper, IMHO )

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  • Anna L.
  • 21-11-20

Boring

The lead character is a horrible guy. Listening to this guy be disgusting through the whole book, and most characters be disgusting, too. Terrible.

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  • I shop online waaaayyy too much.
  • 10-05-18

Veiled Misogyny

The story is interesting, but the female characters are flat and without development. Made me roll my eyes from time to time.