Nice Work (If You Can Get it)
By Celia Imrie (read by Celia Imrie)
One way to guarantee a celebrity audiobook narrator is to hire a celebrity novelist. Celia Imrie, whose credits include Star Wars (sadly, Phantom Menace vintage) and The Best Exotic Marigold films, has embarked on a literary career. Her second novel reunites the gently eccentric cast of her debut, Not Quite Nice : expats Theresa, Sally and Benjamin living la belle vie at Bellevue-sur-Mer on the French Riviera. I suspect Imrie’s honeyed tones could make anything sound elegant. Her protagonists open an ill-advised restaurant venture, striking sparks within the group and with the locals. The culinary exception is Sally, a retired if not retiring actress whose entanglements include a Russian billionaire and the Cannes film festival. There are longueurs that not even Imrie’s voice can smooth, and her forte, as reader and author, is for dialogue.