Eleanor Blake, distraught after breaking up with her fiancé Will, decides to do what most would scarcely dare: Secretly follow him to the island hideaway where he's on holiday with the woman who took her place. But on the shimmering, sun-drenched Sicilian island of Panarea, distractions come in many forms and her fellow hotel guests Lewis and Frannie may not be all they seem either.
©2013 Louise Candlish (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
"Brilliantly funny and bittersweet" (Cosmopolitan)
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It's not exceptional. It's not 'right-up there', but it was a good listen for times when listening must take second place to other activities. It gave a real sense of being away in the sun on a small island. The characters were quite engaging and it popped along at a pleasent pace.
The ideal audiobook when you need an easy (but not bland) listen, that you can break away from regularly and pick back up without a problem, even if you've missed a bit.
The story was weak and boring; that said, I can usually listen with pleasure to most things and would have overlooked the rather "beige" story if it were't for the quite astonishingly awful narration. The intonation of almost every sentence was wrong and made the listen irritating beyond belief. I will never buy a book narrated by Antonia Beamish again. It was the worst book I have listened to.
I would have given the lead character a bit more of a positive twist and not sound constantly drippy. It only got better at the very end.
Disappointment and intense irritation. Purely from the extremely poor narration.
"This is a perfect romance novel with travel notes"
Very high in the category of interesting novels with a background in Italy.
Eleanor because she is realistically interesting and a unique character.
I liked the soft resonance of her voice. I liked that she did not "overact" the various voices when reading dialogue. She is talented.
Quite a few, actually. I liked Eleanor's initial encounter with Franny. I liked the scene on the hydropo boat over to Siciliy with Lewis. Moments with Natalie, the nymphet were thoroughly believable and well-characterized.
This book made me happy, engaged and not wanting it to end. I also greatly appreciated that the author did not "wrap it all up" with a traditional ending. It was a very good and happy-making read. The descriptions of the islands were priceless.
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