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I Owe You One

Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella.

The irresistible new stand-alone from Sophie Kinsella is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything....

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely there stain, helping out a friend...she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all. 

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU - but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour. 

That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help - and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb - big time. 

Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs - from small favours to life-changing debts - and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves. 

Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life and love she really wants? 

©2019 Sophie Kinsella (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Left me giddy with laughter. I loved it." (JoJo Moyes)

"Life doesn't get much better than a new Sophie Kinsella novel." (Red)

"One of the most relatable books I've read in a long time, I couldn’t put it down." (Louise Pentland, Sprinkleofglitter)

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Really disappointed

As a hardcore fan of Sophie Kinsella, I was massively disappointed by this one (having waited for it as a preorder)

It lacked any of the charm that her previous novels have had, the characters were all deeply unappealing except for The Love Interest who was just a bit dull.

The narration was only okay - leaning heavily towards cliché and caricature for all except the two main characters - but her portrayal of the heroine’s sister was just embarrassing.

Having bravely pushed on through 3/4 of it and realising that I no longer cared what happened to any of them, I ended up returning the book for a refund of my audible credit - something I’ve done only a handful of times in my years with audible.

If you want the very lightest, least challenging and most one-dimensional of chick-lit then this might float your boat but even for that purpose there are dozens of other books that do it better.

I can only hope this is a blip because I have always enjoyed her previous novels (albeit that recent shopaholic offerings have been weaker than the earlier instalments)

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Boring and predictable

I feel sorry to write this review as I have previously loved Sophie Kinsella books and was excited about this new one. But unfortunately, I couldn’t even finish it. It was so dull and boring.
Story line was weak and uninteresting, mainly about a high road shop, which I doubt anyone would care about. The characters were overly stereotypical and frankly, I found them annoying.
I kept waiting for the humour which is usually prevalent in Kinsella’s books but it never came. Felt almost cringeworthy, as if trying too hard when none of it was in the least bit funny.
Very disappointed, I had to return the book.

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Really disappointed

I am a fan of Sophie kinsella and her books but I was so disappointed with this book. I found Fixie extremely irritating and didn't like her character until the last 2 chapters. The other characters were all equally annoying. I wouldn't recommend using an audible credit on this.

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Predictable

Very disappointing, predictable and like so many other books already out there. Mind numbingly boring. On a plus, narration was fine.

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Fantastic

What a great book it really helped me through some bad times thank you x

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So dull

This book was an absolute chore. The protagonist was hard to like/relate to and the story line was dire. Won't bother with Sophie Kinsella again.

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  • Krakow, Poland
  • 25-08-19

Brainless and far-fetched

I have been listening to a lot of 'heavy' audible titles lately and wanted to switch it up with something lighter. Kinsella is usually a brilliant go-to, but unfortunately not this time. The character is self-doubting and hare-brained, and her little fixing tic is nothing short of maddening.

Do not read/listen to if you are hoping for realistic character development or strong women.

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Not the best

I'm a great fan of Sophie Kinsella and ignored the poor reviews , but I agree with them . I persevered but not unhappy that it's finished then I can hopefully buy a book that is worth listening too. I really how her next book is a improvement on this and she is back on form.

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just okay...

Just didn't have the same humour as other stories. I didn't have the same need to read on.

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Full of fun laughter and tears you won’t want to put this book down

I must admit that this book is absolutely fantastic. Gripping and full of love and laughter with some realistic everyday dilemma. I managed to complete the book in less than a week as I was so intrigued to find out what happened. Well worth the purchase and I would highly recommend and you will fall in love with fixie Farr and her family.

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  • Suze
  • 09-05-19

Great when it gets going

another good book from Sophie Kinsella. narrator was great. I sometimes struggle with audio when the narrators voice sounds the same for all characters but Fiona Hardingham was brilliant and I loved Nicole's voice

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  • Bridget pas Jones
  • 03-05-19

Love it

As usual Kinsella takes a bunch of frustrating elements and a heroine you want to shake, and turns it all around so that we are rooting for her and for a happy end for all. The secondary characters are really funny and touching. I loved Leila!

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  • Luly
  • 20-02-19

Lovely as usual

I couldn't stop listening, the characters are charming and interesting. The plot a little predictable but I enjoyed it as well. Hope in a sequel because I think it would be lovely to hear more from this family.

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  • Farah
  • 15-02-19

Not Quite There

This is hard. I love Sophie Kinsella. The Shopaholic series is both empowering and the way it embraces quirkiness in a positive light, it’s such a fun ride to join Becky and her adventures. But unlike Becky, Fixie is rather weak and kinda depressing. Her self image is too poor and it’s annoyingly uninspiring. Despite trying so hard to relate or understand her, it’s not possible to do so unfortunately till the end. What a missed opportunity.