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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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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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I owe you one

Struggled to finish did not enjoy listening to this book the story was bad for Kinsella

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Not one of her best

Fixie Farr is the main character of this book by Sophie Kinsella. I have always been a fan of Sophie and was looking forward to this new book when I saw she was bringing out a new title. This was the first book I had listened to on Audible. I had just signed up to Audible and thought it would be a great idea to listen to a book as I was moving around the house and getting on with everything, which I found out I can listen to through Alexa. The book was definitely an easy read, however, it was by no means one of my favourite Sophie Kinsella books. It is still nowhere near as good as things such as Twenties Girl.

Fixie is the daughter of the late owner of a convenience store, think Boyes meets B&M meets Arkwright's. They sell everything but following her dad's death, it has almost fallen into her hands to make sure the shop stays successful. Her mum is trying her best to keep the shop going and she thinks she is doing a good job at it, however, as the name states, Fixie has to be involved and make sure she is fixing everything. She can't leave things alone and if something is not working for her she has to "help" usually ending up with disastrous consequences. She means well but this is not always the case.

Even though Fixie is trying to keep everyone in order in the shop she has to try and keep her brother, Jake and her sister Nicole in check. Jake wants to take over the shop and revamp it to become the newest up and coming place in London, whilst Nicole has recently got married and with her husband working abroad she wants to turn the shop into a yoga retreat. A hippies dream basically. Fixie just wants to keep the family together and live by her motto, "Family first". It just seems her family are not living by their own motto and seem to have forgotten their loyalties since their dad passed. Especially when her mum decides to just up and leave and go and live with her sister, Fixie's Aunt, in another country and not tell anyone when she is coming back.

Throughout all of this Fixie has met a mysterious man who she does a favour for looking after his laptop whilst he steps out to take a phone call. Thereby creating the following game of "I owe you one" between Fixie and Sebastian. This game continues a number of times until Fixie realises she has a slight crush on Seb but his overbearing girlfriend would not approve of such a thing. That is also until Ryan turns up, Jake's friend from school who Fixie has loved since she was a teenager. She has always thought that the most perfect person for her was Ryan, so when he returns to their town she does everything she can to stay in his company and even convinces herself that the lazy, boring, scruffy Ryan is still the man of her dreams. That he is gorgeous, amazing, funny and considerate. Not the inconsiderate, self-centred person he has become who wants to use Fixie and her new connection with investment manager Seb.

This book is definitely an easy read and it was definitely what I needed whilst pottering around the house and using it to pass time and keep myself entertained. I was not engrossed but I was curious as to what would happen to the characters next and how Fixie would get herself out of the trouble she was ending up in. This is very much a Sophie Kinsella technique to keep the main character getting into trouble when you only want the best for her.

I would recommend this book to others but I would not say it would change your world. There are definitely other Sophie Kinsella books which are better and more interesting to read.

Rating: 6/10

10-Word-Review: Very easy read, definitely read it on a beach holiday.

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As always, funny, witty, from this great Author

I love all of Sophie's books, on audible this was fabulous, the narrator did a brilliant job. It is nice to have something other than music to listen to while i am working. I will listen to more Sophie Kinsella books, hopefully with the same narrator

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  • KC
  • North West England
  • 09-11-19

Probably a good book, but couldn’t listen!

I listened to the first 10 minutes, but couldn’t bear the reader’s upward inflection at the end of sentences! I thought I could get over it, but such poor reading/acting skill soon became evident.

‘Up talking’ as it’s become known, is the scourge
of modern language and someone who has got to the stage of reading audio books, should be ware of it.

I will try and source a hard copy of this book.

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Never disappointed

Great story had me captivated from beginning to the end, laughing crying and enjoying every minute.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-10-19

Fun Thrilling Frustration

I am not sure how many times I shouted "FFS Fixie! NO! Just get a freaken grip! Please".

However through all the frustration I enjoyed being part of the Farr family for a couple of days. Sophie Kinsella definitely stirred up all sorts of different emotions from anger to compassion to love to hope to wanting to punch a wall,..
Fiona Hardingham made the story. The performance was excellent.

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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.

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