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Just Like in the Movies

Narrated by: Leanne Yau
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
Categories: Romance
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Summary

Ava Jones has settled for a life that she's not sure she wants anymore, but won't admit it. Her best friend Erica Davidson talks her into taking a break on the Isle of Wight. Her days on the island are spent thinking things through and arguing with Morgan, whom she hates on principle. Is it so wrong for her to want a life that follows the script of an honest-to-god romance film?

©2015 Michaela Feeney (P)2016 Michaela Feeney

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Sweet modern love story

short, simple and mildly satisfying story, easy narration conveyed the emotions well. An easy listen

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Modern romance, short and sweet

If you enjoy short and sweet modern romances, this may be the book for you. Ava and Morgan's story is pretty succinct, lacking in unnecessarily frilly details (which is great) but with enough meat to make a fun story. In a single sentence, this little nugget of a book is about a holiday meet that lacks the usual instant burning attraction that goes wonderfully right, rather than terribly wrong.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Quite entertaining romp.

Where does Just Like in the Movies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I haven't listened to many audiobooks thus far, and even fewer novellas. But this was quite entertaining.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wouldn't change the story itself, but the character of Erica irritated me.

What about Leanne Yau’s performance did you like?

The narrator is very fluid and has mastered many characters, and is able to articulate and emote various sentiments as called for in the text. Very well done.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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  • zoe
  • 13-12-16

Just Like in the Movies

If you could sum up Just Like in the Movies in three words, what would they be?

Short story with a lot of story line going on. Loved Ava. Even as undecided as she was, she still knew what she wanted out of life
Ava has been content but knowing things were missing from her life and her relationship. A vacation changes all that and gives some kind of contentment.

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  • Adriana B
  • 04-02-17

Cute Short Story

This is a short sweet romance with an interesting story line and characters.

The narrator did a good job bringing the story to life. Her accent was easy to understand and she kept a good pace.

Ava and Erica go to spend 10 days at the beach. Ava meets Morgan and they get off on the wrong foot.

**This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion**

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  • Jan M
  • 25-01-17

Very Cute

Where does Just Like in the Movies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked this short audiobook a lot, but it is not in my top 10 stories as I have a big library. This was my first listen of a book with British humor. Also, I prefer a longer book (this was about 1 1/2 hours compared to most books in my library which are over 8 hours)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Just Like in the Movies?

I liked in when Ava met Morgan at the bookstore in the beginning. She wasn't looking to meet anyone and initially clashed like oil and water

Which character – as performed by Leanne Yau – was your favorite?

Ava and Morgan were the main characters of this book, but I liked her friend Erica

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher or narrator.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 31-07-20

decisions and changes

Life is what you make if it, so don't sit back and let it happen without your input. Take charge of your life and live it. These are some messages I got from the story. The main characters and storyline resonated with me. Check it out. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a good job.

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  • sci teacher
  • 26-04-20

3.45/5 Just Like in the Movies by M. B. Feeney

Narrated by Leanne Yau

Summary:

A young British woman (Ava) stays in a beach house over the summer with a friend (Erica). She realizes some things need to change in her life. She falls for the handsome, irritating handyman and bookstore worker. (Don’t remember his name.)

Additional Comments:

- Being from the UK, Leanne Yau does British accents very well, so she fit the story excellently. She does speak a tad on the fast side. I usually put books at 2.5x, but had to slow it down to 2x to be able to comprehend anything, but that’s neither here nor there. The performance was certainly a strong point in the experience.

- Some stories are great for audio. Others, like this, should be adjusted before being shoehorned into the medium. The only reason for act whatever, scene whatever to be read is a lame attempt at making it like a screenplay. The tie to the title comes in about the last paragraph.

- I probably would have rated this higher if I liked the main character more. She’s whiny, annoying, and rude most of the time. That makes her realistic, but not somebody I want to spend time with even in written form.
- This being a short story, there is decent character growth but that means I spent 3/4 of the book disliking the MC and 1/4 tolerating her.

- Content warnings: a few random curses.

Conclusion:

If you’re a die-hard, (relatively) clean romance fan who loves British accents, this is a good choice for you.

* I received a free copy of the book. I chose to review it and these are my honest thoughts.

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  • Gail
  • 11-11-19

Fun short story

Just Like in the Movies is a like hearted short story. With no swearing or violence in it, making it a fun, very light romance story.
Erica invites Ava to go on a ten day vacation to a house by the beach.
While there Ava meets Morgan who she clashes with straightaway. He just gets under her skin.
She returns home to realise that she needs a change of life and makes her move.
Performed by Leanne Yau, I had to slow down the reading speed a little. Otherwise her performance was good. Giving gaps between chapters showing clearly where new chapters began.
She brings the story to life. Her accent adds a little something to the story and the characters are all distinct.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher free ofcharge for a honest, unbiased review.

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  • Deedra
  • 12-07-17

Just like in the movies

I couldn't even finish this.The Narrator,Leanne Yau,just talks too darn fast.Her narration also is not even so you miss a lot when it dips.I was provided this book by the author, narrator ,or publisher.

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  • cyndi
  • 06-02-17

this had a very pride & prejudice feel

OK, so you know that confrontation scene in Pride & Prejudice where Mathew Mcfaden chases Kiera Nightly to tell her he loves her against his better judgment.? That was my favorite part and listening to this reminded me of that very scene. So yeah, for me this audio book was "just like in the movies" . I did enjoy the narrator but she spoke very fast but this is something i will listen to again. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Teresa
  • 02-02-17

Delightful Cozy Short Story

Just Like in the Movies was a fun romantic short story. I enjoyed listening to this. I liked the characters, especially the protagonist, Ava. A vacation at the beach on the Isle of Wight was enough to give her pause to rethink her life. I'd like to listen to more books by M.B. Feeney.

Leanne Yau has a beautiful voice. I love her accent and she narrates flawlessly. Her pace is perfect and easy to follow and the characters are all distinct. An overall wonderful listen.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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  • Joyce K. Retherford
  • 03-12-16

A Vacation from Love

Two ladies decide to spend 10 days at the beach together. The main character Ava leaves her live-in boyfriend behind. She has not really been "in love" with him the entire time. While on vacation she meets a new guy who comes across as rude and arrogant. However, she feels something deep inside that stirs up feelings that are new to her.
This story is really not full of romance but it is full of reality. it's a fun story that is a short listen. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the amazing narra Leanne. Thanks so much!