Sunday, February 20, 2011

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella~★★★★

Author: Sophie Kinsella
Title: Can You Keep a Secret?
Release Date: March 1st, 2005
Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged Edition, read by Emily Gray
Genre: Fiction

Audio Book Cover: Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: 
Secret from her parents: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.
Secrets from her boyfriend: I weigh one hundred and twenty-eight pounds. Not one eighteen, like Connor thinks. I've always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.
From her colleagues: When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day). It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the time.
Secrets she wouldn't share with anyone in the world: My G-string is hurting me. I've always had this deep-down conviction that I'm not like everybody else. 
Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger...But come Monday morning, Emma's office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company's elusive CEO. Suddenly, Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating thing about her. Things couldn't possibly get worse. Until they do...

Taryn's Review: I spend most of my time reading about history and I do love it. I want to spend my life in the realm of history. However, I need a break from it sometimes. A good, fluffy, indulgent break from the pile of history books taunting me. In comes this audio book that I listened to on my way to and from school.

Although Emma acted a little immature at times, she made me laugh out loud often. Kinsella did a wonderful job inserting Emma's witty thoughts at the perfect moments. It was almost like listening to a friend tell the story to you! Emma was British, so it was also fun to hear the British accents read aloud. Emily Gray did a marvelous job reading as Emma and the other characters, although I was least impressed with her reading of Jack. I forgive her though, because again, I adored her as Emma.

I had been concerned that the cover of the book ruined the story: Emma, in a moment of panic, spilled her life story out to an unknown man on a turbulent flight. The man, who as it turned out, was the CEO of the company Emma worked for! But Kinsella had a better story up her sleeve than that and much more calamity ensued. Albeit, some of story was predictable, but it was such a fun story to listen to that I really didn't mind (and I don't say that often!). The book had me laughing, dreaming, and blushing right along with Emma!

I have not read or seen Confessions of a Shopaholic, which appears to be Kinsella's most famous novel thus far, but I would definitely pick it up after hearing this one read. I seriously couldn't wait to get to my car and pick up the story again. I even brought the CD inside one night and listened to it on my laptop because I couldn't wait to find out what happened! This book is the perfect time-out from life; the kind of book where you can happily get swept away in Emma's drama and enjoy every moment of it! British chick-lit at its best!


  1. You will definitely LOL at Confessions. I remember reading it on a bus and I would be laughing and thinking wow people must think Im crazy haha.

  2. Must be an enjoyable read Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.

  3. This was the first Loreena CD I got, after hearing "The Mummer's Dance" on the radio. With each subsequent listen over the course of the last several years, I find myself loving this disc more and more. The music has more of a Middle-Eastern texture than most of her earlier work, and the sound quality is, in my opinion better as well, allowing the listener to hear Loreena's glorious voice like never before.