Rosy Is My Relative
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books | ISBN: 0745166660 | edition 1996 | mp3 | 70 mb
From the audiobook cover: "What does a young man bequeathed 500 pounds and an elephant with a taste for liquor do? Adrian Rookwhistle thought he had the answer -- he'd give her to a circus. But it wasn't so easy." Note that Adrian starts out as a respectable, timid, and dull young man before inheriting the drunken elephant and you can predict about 75% of how the story will unfold -- get about a third of the way in and you'll be able to predict the rest.
There isn't even an attempt at plausibility as the author pushes Adrian and Rosy along on their adventures. For example, Adrian spends weeks at an "inn," with his elephant secreted in the stables, without so much as a hint of a client appearing throughout the whole period. In fact, in this book no one who works seems to have any activity that interferes with their spending all their time with Adrian when he's around. Given the above, your enjoyment of this book will depend entirely on whether descriptions of comic mayhem and characters who are extremely broad caricatures tickle your funny bone. If they do, you might find this entertaining light reading. They don't do anything for me, hence the two stars. Outside of one or two funny lines, the whole thing was more of a slog than a romp for me.
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