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Beach Read

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

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He doesn't believe in happy endings.

She's lost her faith that they exist.

But could they find one together?

January is a hopeless romantic who likes narrating her life as if she's the heroine in a blockbuster movie.

Augustus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.

January and Augustus are not going to get on.

But they actually have more in common than you'd think:

They're both broke.

They've got crippling writer's block.

They need to write best sellers before the end of the summer.

The result? A bet to see who can get their book published first.

The catch? They have to swap genres.

The risk? In telling each other's stories, their worlds might be changed entirely....

©2020 Emily Henry (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Awful stuff, brainless. Really predictable.

I thought it was really dull. Would be more suited to teenagers than adults.

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Believe the hype

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy. I volunteered to leave an unbiased review.

I put this off a long time. But the hype just didn't die down. So I leapt into it. And I REALLY enjoyed it. The daddy issues were a both a bit much and a little on the nose for me (I have them and they are bad) but this was a whole lot of fun. My first read by this author and I'd recommend this for sure, especially to people who are dipping their toes into the woman's fiction/light romance genre. Gus and January were a lot of fun and at first I wished for a couple of chapters in Gus's POV, but now I've finished, I'm kinda glad I didn't get them.

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Nice read

The title and cover really put me off buying this because I can’t stand fluffy chick-lit beach reads, but I do love romances or romcoms with a bit more depth to them, or grit. Fortunately, after looking at the reviews, I gave this book a go, and I’m glad I did. It’s got nice characters, depth to them too, realistic messy life situations etc so the story is nicely filled out. However, by the end I only felt like it was “nice”, and it didn’t grip me by the heart. Some of the hurdles seemed like they were put in just for drama in the story, rather than feeling natural. It all got tied up in a neat bow at the end, but it didn’t sweep me with it on the way - instead I just watched it happen and I was very aware it was just a book, and I hadn’t dropped into the world like I do with a great story. The narrator was well suited to the story and I liked listening to her.

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I loved it!

This was the first book I've read by Emily Henry and I loved it. For the most part it’s a light read with lots of laugh out loud funny moments, mostly due to the hilarious witty banter between January and Gus. With the wonderful and well written storyline plus the amazing narrating talent of Julia Whelan this is one book that you won’t want to miss!

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Beach Read

Just read it. Seriously, buy it and listen to it and get past the first chapter or two and then dissolve in it. Give it a chance and in return it will give you more than you expected, as books should 🔆🧡

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Great book worth the hype

It’s a great book. It definitely lives up to all the hype it’s been getting. It’s a great story overall with great characters. Julia Wellan is perfect as a narrator; and I cant imagine anyone to narrates this great story.

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Stunning

The story was fantastic! And could I possible give the narration six stars because she did such a fantastic job being all this wonderful characters to life. Definitely would recommend giving this a listen

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Great performance of all characters!

Audio books are SO dependent on the vocal performance of the reader and this one is a great one!

I loved this book in Kindle do downloaded this to listen to it as well. It’s a great story, goes at a good pace and has a good ending!