Roast Beef, Medium

Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.5 stars; 219 reviews)

This book follows the adventures of Emma McChesney, a smart and savvy divorced mother who travels the Midwest as a sales representative for a large skirt and petticoat manufacturer. Her many adventures with people, (including predatory salesmen and hotel clerks), are funny and poignant. She is hardworking and able to outsell the slickest of the men salesmen. She has learned to focus on her work and her seventeen-year-old son, Jock. Experience has taught her that it is usually best to stick to roast beef, medium and not get stomach ache with fancy sauces and exotic dishes. This is the first of three volumes following the career and adventures of Emma McChesney. (Introduction by Phil Chenevert) (4 hr 48 min)


Foreword 2:56 Read by Phil Chenevert
Roast Beef, Medium 23:59 Read by Phil Chenevert
Representing T. A. Buck 25:13 Read by Phil Chenevert
Chickens 24:43 Read by Phil Chenevert
His Mother's Son 26:36 Read by Phil Chenevert
Pink Tights and Ginghams 28:24 Read by Phil Chenevert
Simply Skirts 26:40 Read by Phil Chenevert
Underneath The High Cut Vest 27:00 Read by Phil Chenevert
Catching Up With Christamas 32:51 Read by Phil Chenevert
Knee Deep In Knickers 34:52 Read by Phil Chenevert
In The Absence Of the Agent 34:59 Read by Phil Chenevert


(5 stars)

A truly wonderful story with fantastic nuance, perspective and an excellent recasting of the one against the many storyline. Here, as always, the heroine suffers with great humility and dignity while winning a reluctant acceptance by the foes she vanquishes without destroying them. This story is made even more attractive by Phil's narration, accents, and stylistics. An excellent pairing of this auditory feast.


(5 stars)

This is my first time reading Edna Ferber and I am not disappointed . it is a delightful tale and I was so sad when it ended . the ending is fine, I just wanted more . you can be sure I'll be reading more of her work . as for the reader , I absolutely love the way Phil readss. His nuances in voice and emotion always are just right . You will definitely be entertained and caught up in this great little story .

A tale well told and well read

(4 stars)

I liked this story a lot. Its a somewhat pre-feminist tale of a strong independent woman, and written by a female author it avoids a lot of the pitfalls men hit when attempting such characters. As someone who travels for work myself there are some interesting resonances, so much and so little has changed in 100 years! The reader brings out the wry humour of it well. Well worth a listen

playback issues

(4 stars)

Great book. Great reader, one of my favorites. All the chapters cut out and reapeated before the end, including the last one. I'd ask for my money back, but I'll just have to buy the book instead, if I can find it.


(5 stars)

What a terrific book! The heroine is surprisingly modern in her attitude and behavior. Plenty of snappy dialog, amusing and well-drawn characters, and an unusual plot. Oh, and perfect narration!

Fun Story

(5 stars)

Great Reader. Fun Story of a headstrong hardworking woman. The readers always go too fast for me, so I slow them down with the speed adjustment.

Engaging story, good reader

(4 stars)

No wonder that Ferber won awards throughout her career. The ending is abrupt, though, to say the least. Reader had good expression and pace.

This was an excellent book

(5 stars)

Well read, easy to get involved with the characters. I liked Emma immediately. Philly did a great job reading this book.