Saturday, January 29, 2011

Loving "The Thing About Jane Spring"

I am listening to one of my favorite books, The Thing About Jane Spring by Sharon Krum.You get a totally different perspective when you listen to a book. There have been books I have read and been so-so about but loved them when I listened to them. Pamela Dillman is the narrator and she does a great job.

Jane Spring is a ball busting prosecutor who grew up as the only daughter of a West Point General.  As the book begins she reduces her own witness to tears in a fraud trial, causes her to faint on the stand, and as a result loses the case. She has a new high profile case involving the wife of a cheating police officer who shot him at his girlfriend's place.  The opposing attorney is her law school crush. Her personal life is non-existant as she never gets beyond the first date.  Jane decides she need to formulate a new plan of attack and after 2 bottles of wine, a Doris Day marathon, and being cooped up for 2 days due to a blizzard, she comes to a realization.  She needs to become Doris! Doris always gets her man, had a successful career in all of her movies, and was nobody's pushover. So, Jane pulls out her grandmother's vintage clothing, cuts and colors her hair, tones down her voice, redecorates her appartment, and lets the games begin.

Suffice it to say, this new version of Jane causes all kind of interesting complications. Her secretary (Lazy) Susan starts being a better worker. Her cases go better. She starts to enjoy her life.   Being a Doris devotee myself, I loved the concept of this book. Jane gets her man like Doris and learns a lot about dealing with people both personally and professionally. This is a great read or listen on a weekend when you just want to relax and escape from the daily humdrum. The narrator really makes Jane come alive and did a very good job with all of the characters in the book.

This audiobook is unabridged and lasts 8.5 enjoyable hours!

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