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A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger

Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Summary

Charley Lambert has a perfect life. She has The Job. The Wardrobe. And The Flat. Then she breaks her leg in three places and is forced to hand over her job to her nasty deputy while she recovers. Desperate for something to do, she discovers a talent for helping the lovelorn online. Then along comes William.…

©2013 Lucy Robinson (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
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Great read

I usually try to get american accent narrators because I am afraid I may not understand the pure english ones and what they are saying, being a non-born english speaker myself..... But my God this narrator gave another meaning to this book. I was completely hooked !!!

I enjoyed this book so much, i kept on going whenever I got the chance of a little alonr time. I smiled and laughed while listening to it, and I got a bit emotional at times and there where other times I just went on speaking to the character saying something like " OH MY GOD !!! "

I had a bit of a problem at the beginning when you really try to focus and understand where is this book going and what it is about but I quickly got over that and was inmerse into the storyline.

I liked the main character, she was funny and impulsive and she had a spirited mind.... I guess the writer is an excellent one! I recommend this book for an enjoyable time.

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Not the most original but a great listen

Would you consider the audio edition of A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger to be better than the print version?

N/A

What other book might you compare A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger to, and why?

Its a little like You've got mail the movie

Which character – as performed by Cathleen McCarron – was your favourite?

Sam - cheeky chappy

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

When they finally realised they were meant to be

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Book is fine - narration is VERY annoying

The book is good, light, fun.



And although I appreciate that the main character is currently living in Edinburgh - it's evident that the author - a southerner - doesn't actually understand the Scottish speech patterns. This means that the narrator - who is also fine - has an almost impossible job to do. She reads the book in a strong Scottish (East coast) accent throughout. However the author didn't write the book so that this would work.



Not a happy match of book/author/narrator - I found it intensely irritating. So much so I gave up and frankly wish I could return the darn book.. If you wouldn't know a Scottish accent or speech pattern from a London one - it probably won't bother you -- but if you're Scottish I REALLY wouldn't bother with this one.

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Painful story

I genuinely wanted to like this book, it has a great concept so why wouldn't I? Well, the main character is insanely irritating with very little self confidence and the other members of the plot seem to be slightly unhinged in various different ways. I was ready to give up on this book 3 or 4 times but I kept wanting to see if it got better. It didn't. After 13 hours I was relieved it was over.

Charlie (pops) is attracted to men who are bad for her, she bangs her boss in a closet. Her friends and family are all varying shades of odd. This would be a great plot for a romantic comedy but this book seems to lack any humour whatsoever. Due to an accident she starts an online love letter writing agency and 'chaos' ensues from there.

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It was rubbish

The plot was trite and predictable and the main character so predictable and irritating. The idea was good but it could have been executed so much better

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  • Di
  • 04-02-15

Very enjoyable listen

This has been one of those books that has kept me up way past a sensible bedtime just to get to the end. Kind of thought I could guess the end but wasn't so sure until the last. Beautiful performance too.

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  • VJ
  • 05-12-13

Extremely Enjoyable.

What made the experience of listening to A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger the most enjoyable?

Well constructed story around very believable characters. The narrator and story were excellently matched.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charley Lambert - the main character was my favourite personality in the story - she is portrayed as a very strong minded business woman who can be very clumsy and very funny. Written in the first person - the narrator certainly became this character and that of others personalities within the story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the entire book - all scenes were totally captivating.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely a book that can be enjoyed in one sitting - life permitting of course!

Any additional comments?

Will certainly be listening to more from this author and narrator - an excellent combination.

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  • 01-10-14

A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger

What made the experience of listening to A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger the most enjoyable?

It was a lovey and good paced story

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the friendships between Charlie, Sam and Hayley

What about Cathleen McCarron’s performance did you like?

I'm not sure if she is actually Scottish, so the accent seemed a little off in parts, but overall it was fine.

If you could take any character from A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hayley, she seemed like a lot of fun

Any additional comments?

The story was a bit predictable in parts, but it was still a really nice story to listen to. I had a few laugh out loud moments.