Newly engaged Natalie will do anything for a quiet life and telling a few white lies never does any harm. It's not like people will ever discover what she's really thinking... Until one night, thanks to a pub hypnotist, Natalie's most private thoughts pop out of her mouth. When she has no way to break the hypnotist's spell, Natalie is forced to face the truths she has been avoiding her whole life...
©2012 Kirsty Greenwood (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
"I cannot tell a lie... this book is fabulous." (Lucy Diamond, author of Me and Mr Jones)"Kookier than Kinsella, but just as comical. Fabulous feel-good fun!" (Ali McNamamara)
An interesting plot! Although somewhat improbable this is, after all, escapism and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed both the book and the performance of the reader. This is an easy listen with an ending that holds no surprises - however, the entire book is entertaining from start to finish!!
I'm giving it two stars because I reserve the one star rating for awful reads and for books I cannot finish or feel I have to return, for total rubbish. This is just an unbelievable story from start to finish. I'm also a reader of fantasy books and I'm able to suspend disbelief, but this story is set in the real world and I found little that was believable in it. I didn't even find it funny. Many characters were flat, in my opinion. And I didn't enjoy the narration, either, mostly because of the accent. It may be appropriate for the type of people "speaking" (the characters' social class) and for the area of Manchester, I wouldn't know, I'm not British, but I felt it to be quite far from the standard British English I love.
This book was a good easy listen to. The story is interesting enough and empowering.
Most of us can relate to Natalie being a pushover at times so it's funny when she blurts the truth out. The truth telling could have been more brutal but actually, the way it was done was probably more true to the character and her inability to face confrontation.
The narrators voice is soft and engaging and really enjoyable.
Have you ever heard yourself assuring a hairdresser "Yes, that's lovely thanks" when you are cringing at the sight of the hair disaster in the mirror? I have.
So has Natalie Elspeth Butterworth, age 27, who also has a bit in common with the celebrated Adrian Mole, aged 13 and 3/4. Not in the story but in her very individual take on the world, and a naivety that borders on stupidity at times. Natalie is much kinder and less self obsessed though. This is unashamed escapist chick-lit that crosses into farce a lot of the time, and the mix works.
I'm older than 27, (considerably older), but I enjoyed it so don't assume it's just for the teens and twenties. It's probably too long and would have been improved by a tighter edit and a bit less introspection, but it's still well worth a listen if you'd like to try something different, and very funny.
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