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  • Life Skills

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Life Skills by Katie Fforde.

A combination of overwork and jet-lag propel Julia Fairfax into becoming engaged to a golf-playing wine buff called Oscar. When she realises that she has fonder feelings for his adorable Labrador than for Oscar himself, she is forced to confront the fact that there is something drastically wrong. So, she ditches her fiance, jacks in her job and decides to revolutionise her life.

Her new career as a cook on a pair of hotel boats is certainly a departure and teaches her more about life than how to get a couple of narrow boats through a lock. But even afloat Julia's past catches up with her. Not only must she contend with the persistent Oscar (not to mention his frightful mother and her own mother's determined matchmaking) but also the arrival of her childhood enemy, the enigmatic Fergus Grindley.

©2000 Katie Fforde (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Not the best!

Julia was sooo annoyingly miserable and hard work. I stuck with the book until the end but only because I had nothing else to listen to. Disappointing.

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well narrated and interesting characters

I felt it was a bit slow to start but really enjoyed the characters and story line. grrrd in frustration as Julie's stubbornness and shed a happy tear at the end :)
Jolly also really brings the characters to life- and narrates it beautifully, as she always seems to :)

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Very disappointing. Would not recommend this audio book.

I know the book well. I use Audible to go to sleep with. This particular recording was annoying and a waste of money. Why do all the male characters have to sound like retired army officers in their 80’s? Why does Julia sound like Joyce Grenfell? Katie Fforde writes amusing
books, however Julia just sounded stupid. I listened to the end but it was annoying and disappointing. I won’t buy another audio book by the same narrator. Complete waste of money. Will read the book again when I have got those horrible male voices out of my head. 😡
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Sadly unrealistic and far-fetched even for chick-lit

Ridiculously contrived story that felt like a scraping-the-barrel plot line used because every other conceivable romantic device has already been taken. Disappointing, given Katie fforde’s previous output. I’m afraid Jilly Bond is also a little too arch in her delivery throughout - her American sounds like Irish and all her male voices sound like old men, which doesn’t help..

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Stupid thinking woman

Always well written but this time an infuriatingly stupid woman who isn’t very wise thinking