Reviews for View from Penthouse B

AudioFile Reviews 2013 August
Lipman's latest is a wry story of lost loves, money worries, and family dramas filled with memorable characters, tenderness, and humor. Faced with personal crises, two middle-aged sisters decide to share a home and restart their lives. Narrator Mia Barron captures the persona of Gwen with an evenness of tone and delivery that mirrors this middle sister's practical approach to life. Barron's understated tone conveys Gwen's droll analyses of the zaniness that now defines normal life for her, and her softly wistful shading is perfect for the young widow's reveries. Barron demonstrates her range with equally convincing portrayals of the male characters. So grab the sunscreen and pour something tall and cool--Lipman and Barron have just declared the opening of Summer Listening Season. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

Library Journal Reviews 2013 November #1

Sisters Gwen and Margot are living in an apartment with Anthony, their gay roommate. Margot is dealing with her paroled ex-husband who moved in downstairs plus financial woes thanks to a Madoff-esque scheme. Gwen is jumping back into the dating scene after mourning her husband for two years. This well-written, character-driven book about sisters, second chances, dating, grief, and forgiveness plays out with unexpected humor. Mia Barron's narration is very well done; she embodies the characters with wit and snark when warranted, and her comedic timing fits the story very well. VERDICT Recommended for listeners who enjoy character studies with a touch of humor. ["Middle-age love, family dynamics, and friendship make [Lipman's] latest [title] jarringly funny, touching, and vividly amusing," read the review of the Houghton Harcourt hc, LJ 2/15/13.]--Susie Sharp, Eddy-New Rockford Lib., ND

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