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The Roundabout Audiobook

The Roundabout

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Publisher's Summary

Megan Phenix - bar and grill owner in gay-friendly Eureka Springs - is labeled as "playing hard to get" and finds herself the object of much unwanted attention. If only she were seeing someone...maybe the women would leave her in peace.

Leah Rollins thinks 50 is too young to retire, so instead she opens a store in the touristy shopping district of Eureka Springs, next to the popular Phenix Grill. She soon learns that Megan Phenix is a bit on the grumpy side as they spar over parking spaces and anything else they can find to argue about. When Leah catches the attention of the multitude of single lesbians in town, she searches for a way out. Could the grumpy grill owner next door be the answer to her problems?

Megan and Leah strike an unlikely alliance and conspire to rid themselves of the unwanted attention by fake dating. Can they pull it off?

As they pretend to date and convince everyone in town that they really are a couple, the pretense becomes harder to hold on to. But there's just one problem...they don't really like each other.

Or do they?

©2016 Gerri Hill (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    Alice 19/03/2017
    Alice 19/03/2017

    I love audio books and listening to them while I draw or paint. They help to level me and take away the stress while drawing.

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    "Needed more"

    I won't write a long review. There are a couple of problems with this story which is why I marked it 3 stars overall. First as others have said, the plot device of a character posting photographs taken without permission, and how the other characters accepted this as an okay thing, even funny thing to do, was jarring and didn't sit well with how I would have expected Megan's friends and her sister to react, also taking into accoun that Megan had a number of difficult relationships prior. The second issue I had was the fact that the development of the relationship between Megan and Leah didn't have a lot of romance, or conflict. They simply got together. That can work, but for me, in this novel, there wasn't a lot to keep me hooked.

    All that been said, I wouldn't write it off, just maybe listen to other lesfic stories prior to this one. The narration by Nicol is very good, and I like the simple and realistic setting for the characters and their professions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Flanagan 10/05/2017
    Gina Flanagan 10/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun and romance"
    What did you like most about The Roundabout?

    I like that this book was an easy read. The story was fun and not to deep.


    What other book might you compare The Roundabout to, and why?

    I would say The Rainbow Cedar would be the book I would compare this to as the characters are fighting the feelings that they know they have. It makes you want for the characters to be together.


    Which character – as performed by Nicol Zanzarella – was your favourite?

    Megan was my favourite she was fun to listen to. Her moods and her quick temper reactions made the book more enjoyable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Personally not really there was a few AWWW moment's but I really don't think it was the kind of story where it is meant to move you. That is just the way I read it.


    Any additional comments?

    Very fun and easy to listen to and book to read. I have this on Audio and Paper back. I just wish that all of Gerri Hills books where on here I would have them bought and downloaded in a heartbeat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Margaret
    12/03/17
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    "Mixed feelings."
    Any additional comments?

    I love Gerri Hill's books. I love Nicol Zanzarella's narrations. That being said, I almost didn't finish listening to this book. I do not agree that harassing someone on social media is "just for fun." I was shocked when Megan's sister and friends did not stand up for her. Bullying is not acceptable. I couldn't get past this aspect of the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • nancy
    22/05/17
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    "uncomfortable, shocking, disappointing"

    Nicole Z. awesome narration as always. That's the last good thing I have to say about this book. there was a quirky sweet little love story but I had trouble getting past the premise for the two women getting together. I don't see anything funny about sexual assault and cyberbullying. It's assault if the woman is too drunk to say yes. And who's sister would leave her there? And not feel sorry later? Imagine the destruction if the bully had been a man or these women were 20 years younger. Shameful message that it's all in good fun and be a good sport. That's BS. I wanted to put down the book but I hung on hoping for justice. You don't have to look at the news very long to see that this scenario is not funny. Hard to believe this is the same woman who wrote Pelican's Landing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Urbana, IL, United States
    06/04/17
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    "Can't like this story."

    Gerri Hill is a solid writer whose books I've consistently enjoyed - until this one. The plot of this story is driven by the premise that a woman is being blackmailed by a stalker who is posting revealing photos of her on facebook. I understand the story is supposed to be upbeat and funny, but I can't get around the blatant cruelty of the act. What's more, the woman's weak and ineffectual responses to this humiliation are frustrating and baffling. The victim's sister keeps telling her this degradation is all in fun and it shouldn't be taken seriously. The sister won't even ask the stalker, her friend, to stop. Some sister.

    The romantic relationship is handled well and is easily the highlight of this otherwise off-putting tale.

    Nicol Zanzarella does a fine job of narrating the story, but couldn't rescue it for me.

    I'll admit I couldn't finish this one. Things may all come out right in the end, but I can't like this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Me & My Girls
    Va United States
    16/02/17
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    "Some Things Aren't Funny"

    Though I've enjoyed most of Gerri Hill's works that are available on Audible I've had problems with certain depictions of behaviors by the author. More than once I've found the conduct on the part of some characters that were accepted or glossed over to be less than okay. In this case the author has outdone herself.
    Sexual harassment is not funny or entertaining. Neither is taking nude photo's of someone without their permission and using said photo's in attempt to blackmail the individual photographed is not funny or entertaining. Then there is the seeming active cooperation of the victim's sister in her further victimization is sad. The fact that no one finds these actions to be totally unacceptable is either unrealistic or extremely lacking in familial loyalty.
    I checked the copyright date thinking that perhaps the book was written in the 1990's, I was shocked to see that the date was 2016. The idea that a woman would put forth a book minimizing such odious conduct is disturbing. I can't believe any woman would accept it so cavalierly if the writer or the offender depicted were male.
    Even without the egregious conduct of Mary Beth the book is short on plot, pacing, and character development; disappointed doesn't begin to describe my opinion of this book.. .

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Ann Townsend
    Central Valley, CA United States
    02/08/17
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    "Little San Francisco, Snark, LOL, & Social Wake-up"

    I grew up in Eureka Springs. I've been away for more years than I lived there, but it's hard to get some of that place out of one's system. I imagined the Phoenix where the five and dime sits, and the book store where McGees and the New Age book store sit/sat on Spring Street. There's a steak house down from those two that would suffice, location-wise.

    "The funny" in that town is that it's a backwater cosmopolitan with hills and chalets. It's been described as Little San Francisco, particularly in the 70s and 80s. It's nickname, "for serious", is Little Switzerland. It comes complete with rustic Czech, Pollyanna French, an opera school to rival NYC, a seven-story Christ replica of the one found in South America, "cricks" not "creeks, seven generations of Buchanans, and is in the Heart of the Ozarks, 30 miles south of Branson, "Mazura" (Missouri) as the crow flies. It's produced more poets, artists, actors, actresses, college-graduating magma and summa cum laude, and Rhode Scholars than any piece of the south should have. It was the primary filming location for Pass the Ammo with Tim Curry, as well as the Blue and the Grey with Stacey Keech and Gregory Peck. It's odd place from top to bottom.

    Anyway, I enjoyed this break from death, violence and mayhem. I think the author was attempting to support social awareness, not blindly accept or suggest supporting harassment. There are a lot of people who still don't get the harm that can be done when someone's personal mess is spilled on the Internet. It is 't funny and shouldn't be rewarded. On the other hand, should one give credence to the innuendos and image as any form of media presents it? Half of anything on the internet is BS. The rest is either marketing, pr, or self-agradizement. Reality is real and sometimes harsh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DB
    06/07/17
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    "Laugh out loud funny"
    If you could sum up The Roundabout in three words, what would they be?

    Curmudgeon finds love


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Megan. She's cranky in the sweetest and funniest of ways. It's great fun to watch as Leah eventually (and kind of easily) slides past her defenses.


    What about Nicol Zanzarella’s performance did you like?

    All of it. She is great with all the characters and delivers a smooth and enjoyable performance.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Renee
    02/07/17
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    "awesomeness"

    I absolutely loved it and couldn't stop listening the story just pulled me in and the author is one of my favorites she always Spins an interesting tale

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heidi Dyer
    Cape Cod, MA
    26/02/17
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    "Fun story"

    I laughed out loud on several occasions .. this was a fun read! Or listen I should say

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. NY
    17/03/17
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    "Nice and easy romance listen!!"

    Another good one by Gerri Hill. light and easy romance, I enjoyed the book... I laughed out loud several times, that's always a good sign!! The characters were interesting and I connected easily with them. Overall great book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • zenabuff
    Hell sometimes called Kentucky
    04/03/17
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    "Roundabout is A Comedy at heart,but also a romance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It has a little of everything that a really good Romance Novel needs. 1st Humour, a kind of it is comedy of errors. It has the two most unlikely of lover to fall in love with each other. It has a kinda fool/ villian though I feel she plays more the classic fool roll in the story (Mary Beth). It just has a little bit for all. Yes,I highly recommend it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Towards the end when THE shop owner (sorry forgot names) Is Kissing the bar owner and realiizes its for real, her feelings, she is no longer play acting. That she truly is in love with this person.


    Have you listened to any of Nicol Zanzarella’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    A couple of other GERRI HILL stories and some RADCLYFFE novel as well that she narrarated as well. I guess manyb others but I CAN'T THINK OF THEM NOW


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part that made me laugh the hardest was when she got the signs for the partimg place put up only to have have her "girlfriend" neibghboor go crazy about them abd narch over to have it out with her, It was just so funny,


    Any additional comments?

    THE BOOK is hard to explain, you just have to listen, laugh, get akk gloo in the right parts, laugh out loud in others,THIS NOT A QUIET BOOK, You may find yourself laughing out lood at any point in the book, or what ever,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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