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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Secrets and Lies: The truth behind the headlines by Sam Faiers, read by Denise Van Outen.

This is a brand new memoir from Samantha Faiers, the star of The Only Way is Essex and Celebrity Big Brother 2014 finalist.

In this book, Sam will reveal the inside story of her rollercoaster relationship with Joey Essex, and the devastating effect of her diagnosis with Chrohn's disease.

There will also be a never-before-heard secret that will generate a huge amount of interest in the press, alongside a big publicity campaign and exclusive book signings.

©2015 Sam Faiers (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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Escapism entertainment but repetitive

An interesting listen for a Towie fan, with insight into how the show works behind the scenes from a cast member who is a bit more savvy than the average. Writing style can be a bit sycophantic and feels insincere when talking about others at times with a few digs here and there! And by the sounds of it Sam clearly doesn't lack in confidence! Denise van outen does a good job reading, just a bit annoying at times but very listen-able. Overall, enjoyed it.

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Got bored of hearing about Joey Essex...

Chapter one was just Joey Joey Joey...I couldn't get past the first chapter...nothing we haven't seen on towie.

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A bit vacuous!

What would have made Secrets and Lies better?

I could slate this book to be honest, it's a very one sided view from someone, that to be fair doesn't come across as that experienced in life. However, it is what it is.

Sam's writing reflects her young age and I felt embarrassed for her listening sometimes.

Has Secrets and Lies put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

Did Denise Van Outen do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Denise's narration was below average in my opinion, but she didn't have a lot to work with to be fair.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Nothing really - it was just a young girl going on about what was important to her, from her perspective, advertising her favourite places and giving herself a pat on the back for being a role model! Honestly!!!!

Any additional comments?

Harmless enough, but take your brain out before you listen to or read it.

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Okay.

Good to hear her side however not keen on the narrators voice slightly annoying and limited expression.