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The Peacock Emporium Audiobook

The Peacock Emporium

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Publisher's Summary

The only place Suzanna Peacock finds comfort is her shop, which provides a haven for the misfits in town. But she is forced to confront events of the past and her family that have been haunting her for so long. And she discovers that the key to her happiness may have been in front of her all along....

©2004 Jojo Moyes (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A rich chocolate box of a novel." (Good Housekeeping)

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    Samantha 07/01/2017
    Samantha 07/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "slow! nothing happens in the first half!"

    I had to keep rewinding, because it was so very boring and predictable! my goodness- I've never been put to sleep so easily! I read this because a friend asked me to. I am a good friend after this! so slow and predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 25/11/2016
    Denise 25/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Peacock magic"

    I struggled to get into this story but it wasn't long before Jojo worked her usual magic. This story touches on all the different aspects of relationships; the struggles, the mismatches and the journey taken in finding one self. Narrated beautifully, bringing each character to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 19/08/2016
    Jenny 19/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"

    Doesn't seem to go anywhere. Couldn't get into the book at all. Characters were uninspiring and the story wasn't picking up after about an hour of listening. I don't often not finish a book, but just didn't have the ticker to go the distance on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Tonya C. Wimberley
    25/06/16
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    "Slow start but good"

    I love Jojo Moyes books! It was slow to start but ended excellent! Totally recommend!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • lynaya
    14/10/16
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    "Main Character unlikeable"

    I LOVE Jojo Moyes' other books, and her writing is just as good in this book, but Suzanna, the main character is so terribly unlikable that it ruined the book for me. the other characters and plotlines in the book were wonderful, but Suzanna, selfish and self-involved, was so unlikable that it spoiled the rest for me. I still love Jojo though. ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dee
    LA
    2/10/16
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    "Loved the book; hated the main character"
    Any additional comments?

    I've read most of Jojo Moyes books so in my eyes, she can do no wrong. I haven't liked (or even reviewed) all of her books but she does have a way of creating a realistic world with realistic people and she does so again with this one.<br/><br/>I loved this listen! I hated Suzanna. In fact, Suzanna's HEA pissed me off. I suppose Suzanna had reasons for being the way she was, and the author does not portray her as anything but troubled and searching, but the bodies she bowled over in the quest to find herself made me want to smack her. And poor Neil.<br/><br/>At it's core, this book was about love. The long-suffering kind. The loving a child that's not yours kind. The hold on no matter what cost kind. The I love me more than you kind. The if I can't have you no one else will kind. The don't leave me kind.<br/><br/>In the end, some trains collided, some didn't.<br/><br/>I don't get the "slow start" some people have said about this book. I thought the narration was excellent and the books rhythm moved right along for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anita Kristensen
    13/08/16
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    "A lovely, moving book"

    After a bit of a slow and confusing start, the book got hold of my heartstrings and moved me both softly and fiercely. So many lives and so much we dont get at a glance. Lovely read, very good job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • June
    Baton Rouge, LA, United States
    1/08/16
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    "I guess I was in the mood for it."
    What made the experience of listening to The Peacock Emporium the most enjoyable?

    I remained curious about the characters the entire time and although they were represented as real people with all of the challenges of life, they seems genuine to me. I wasn't triggered or irritated by any of the characters (like I often am with other books) and the entire story seemed believable- as if it were actually a true story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how real this story seemed to me.


    Have you listened to any of Judith Boyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure if I have listened to other books narrated by Judith Boyd but I was very happy with the narration of this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have any extreme reactions to this book- unlike "Me Before You" where I cried a lot during that audiobook. This was more of an easy listening book but still interesting and I really like the way it was written.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Jojo Moyes as an author. I have listened to 4 of her audiobooks and I can not tell they are all done by the same author (unlike other authors I have read where you can tell who wrote it). Sometimes I am struck by her writing style and find it quite pleasing overall. One Plus One was the only book that irritated me by Jojo but I'll save my comments on that!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy
    28/07/17
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    "Loose yourself in their world"
    What did you love best about The Peacock Emporium?

    The characters challenges were REAL. Their arguments authentic. Really pulled me in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The struggle and reality of life's issues.


    Have you listened to any of Judith Boyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Who was the most memorable character of The Peacock Emporium and why?

    Suzanna, as the tormented lovely lady.


    Any additional comments?

    So good that I went back to listen to it again right away and found lovely aspects of the book that I missed the first time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gina A. Emory
    30/06/17
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    "Jojo Moyes does it again"

    This woman cannot write a bad book. I'm an enthralled with her writing and cannot get enough. Every story is filled with remarkably drawn characters navigating the trials and triumphs of life. The love stories are believable and heart-wrenching. The relationships are "true to life." You connect with these people and don't want their stories to end. The narrator was excellent. A touching, poignant story that will take you from the depths of the valley to the top of the mountain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie Horn
    13/06/17
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    "Difficult to follow"

    Jumped between characters, time periods, and voice too much. I prefer author's other books more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virginia A. Papos
    14/03/17
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    "Pluses and Minuses"
    What made the experience of listening to The Peacock Emporium the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did an excellent job with this story. The story was okay. It was hard to figure out the main character, Suzanna Peacock. I didn't quite understand her until the end of the story. Judith Boyd made me keep listening.<br/>


    What other book might you compare The Peacock Emporium to and why?

    Really not like anything else I had read before.


    What about Judith Boyd’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed her vocal characterizations. She did an excellent job.<br/>


    Any additional comments?

    It was difficult to understand Suzanna and then, finally, I got it. She always felt like a piece of her was missing and she had no idea why. It is like someone who is adopted and cannot quite fill in the blanks. Suzanna was frustrated and depressed. After a catastrophic event, she begins to try to figure it all out. It takes a bit, but if you stick with the story, it is worth it at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kathleen
    10/10/16
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    "Boring, slow, dreary, unlikable characters"

    You could not convince me that this same autho who wrote Me Before You. terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • MARLENE
    STANMORE, United Kingdom
    12/07/16
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    "The Peacock Emporium"

    Yet another lovely story from Jo Jo Moyes. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a story about a troubled young woman who is unhappy with her life and tries to find herself by opening a little shop, where she can just be herself. Coming from a family who really love her but she cannot see it. And a husband she is unhappy with. This book definitely deserves a read. I would highly recommend it.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    scunthorpe, United Kingdom
    16/06/16
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    "perhaps unfair expectations"

    I always look forward to a new Jojo Moyes book as her past books have been beyond expectations and were 6 star ratings if that was possible. This book was enjoyable but did not quite live up other previous books. It will not stop me downloading future books straight away when they come out. It must be difficult to keep up her usual standard all the time.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Annette
    21/11/16
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    "Not what I expected"

    The main character is not likable at all and the story if any is very slow moving . Was very disappointed with it

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    22/07/16
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    "Get ready for tissues"

    At first I have to admit I wasn't taken with this. A seemingly spoilt 30 something with mummy and daddy issues but as the story progressed I began thinking that the inevitable storyline shouldn't happen. I'll not spoilt the plot but it's altogether lovely and shocking in equal measures.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • K. Sewell
    Cardiff, Wales
    24/10/16
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    "Not up to her standards"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Jojo Moyes again?

    Yes, I like her other novels I have read so far. So I was surprised at how much this novel differed. Of course I would read future novels. I know how good she can be.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was adequate.


    What character would you cut from The Peacock Emporium?

    I found none of the characters likeable so could not engage with the story because I didn't really care what happened to them. Suzanna was particularly objectionable, whiny, disagreeable, horrible to her husband, lacking in vitality, no interesting features whatsoever. She was one of life's victims, always feeling sorry for herself. Her love object was the typical clichéd Latin lover. Her stepmother came into her own after spending her life as a doormat, which took away from any sympathy one might have had for her husband, Suzanna's father, another spineless victim.<br/>The grandmother was the only character that made me laugh. Cliched as she too was, she reminded me of my late mother-in-law.


    Any additional comments?

    Have not researched the dates of Jojos's novels but wonder if this is one of her earlier works. A little guidance from her editor might have improved this story.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Gill
    Stocksfield, United Kingdom
    22/10/16
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    "Great story"

    I rarely listen to a book twice but this one I did albeit with a 7 year gap. Characters you care about and a bit of a mystery together with a split time story all rolled up with wit and humour. Loved it. Judith Boyd absolutely nailed the narration to round it off perfectly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lis
    18/07/16
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    "Disappointing"

    I kept on listening hoping it would improve, but for me it didn't. Having read several Jojo Moyes books I really wondered if she actually wrote it! I found it boring and disappointing.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • GerI
    18/06/16
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    "You really have to stick with this book"

    You really have to stick with this book. I almost gave up but glad I didn't as it's a lovely book with lots of stories within the story. it comes in from different angles and jumps backwards and forwards in time but all makes sense in the end. Beautifully written and it's possibly one of my most enjoyed books recently so stick with it and enjoy it as much as I did.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Louise Fender
    14/06/16
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    "Amazing!! Loved it. Best book this year"

    I have listened to all Jojo moyes's books and this is by far the best.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Phil Smith
    23/06/16
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    "To slow"

    I thought it very hard to understand the story and the narrator was so slow it's the first time in a. Very long time I have not finished a book.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful

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