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London Calling

Narrated by: Emily Bennet
Series: London Romance Series, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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Summary

A breakup. A mix-up. Will there be a makeup?

Jess Sharp's life hasn't exactly gone according to plan. She's 32, unemployed, and single after a devastating breakup. She's also left Australia for London to live in her parents' spare room. Her chaotic life seems to be spiraling until she meets someone who could be a game-changer.

She's optimistic after a wildly successful first date, but far too much tequila and the ghosts of girlfriends past may drag her far below her lowest point. Can she win the race for romance without tripping?

London Calling is the first book in a series of lesbian romance novels. If you like punchy drama, wicked humor, and charming British characters, then you'll love Clare Lydon's hilarious debut novel.

Buy London Calling today to see if Jess stands a chance!

©2014 Clare Lydon (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Great Series

Now I have read and listened to the 3 books published in the series. All books are great fun fun and have sweet romances. I really enjoyed London Calling which is a great start for the series. The narration is fantastic.

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Very entertaining

I read London Calling when it first came out and really enjoyed it. I did wonder how it would fare as an audio book and I wasn't disappointed. It was great to hear Jess and Lucy brought to life. I would certainly recommend it.

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Great fun

I can see how leaving Sydney for London after finding out your girlfriend cheating on you with your roommate could make someone grumpy. And Jess’s grumpiness is probably what I like best about her. Or rather the way it translates into dry wit. She could be the most annoying character but instead Clare Lydon managed to make her fun.

Another thing I really enjoyed was the relationship between Jess and her sister-in-law and roommate Kate, the banter between them, dyke buddy style.

Very enjoyable book, made even better by the narration (I wasn’t sure about Emily Bennet’s voice at first but ended loving it for this novel).

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loved it

I love this series and could listen to that voice all day. would definitely recommend.

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Performance and story both variable quality

Occasionally both story, writing and performance are very good but this is rare. The tone of the narrator varies from unbelieveable automaton, often irritating, with strange variations in reading speed, odd paused both good & dodgy accents, to occasionally sincere and meaningful. The quality of story writing varies from clunky to movingly eloquent. The tone, which is sometimes amusing, can be inappropriately flippant. This makes the lead character sound like an irritating bitch at times when it would be better to engage the reader's empathy through sincerity. That this is a first novel clearly shows but so does the writer's potential. Definitely an author to watch, if Clare Lydon's can use more patience and perseverance, both as a writer in her self-editing, she can rise well above the usual standard of lesbian romance to become a really interesting novelist.

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  • 05-03-20

Not bad

It took a bit for me to get into. I wasn’t blown away by it but a cute read

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Loved it! My first time with an Audio Book!

I've read a few books by Clare Lydon and always enjoyed them. This however, was my first time listening to an audio book. I loved it. The writing, as always, was fantastic; full of great British humour and loveable characters. Emily Bennet did a brilliant job of bringing these characters to life and giving them a voice. I laughed out loud many times at her delivery of the dialogue. She did a great job with the numerous accents, making each character completely unique.
I will definitely be listening to more Audio Books in the future!

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Loved it so much !

‘London Calling’ is a funny, romantic, sexy book and is perfect as an audio book. The London setting is so vividly written and the characters feel like people I know. Jess is one of those women for whom things are destined to go exactly the way she doesn’t want them to. Humour and mishaps are the order of the day for her as she tries to get on with her life after a painful break up. When she is blown away by gorgeous optician Lucy she tries so hard to make it work. Exes coming out of the woodwork threaten to scupper all that. I love the whole cast of characters as they add to the feeling of family - be they blood relations or great friends. The narration by Emily Bennett works really well. I can’t imagine anyone else capturing the tone of the book with such skill. Clare Lydon excels here and I’m desperate to listen to the next in the London series.

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  • V Reader
  • 23-02-18

Wonderfully Witty and Romantic

Clare Lydon is one of my favorite authors in the lesfic genre. Her books always bring a smile to my face and leave me feeling wistful and satisfied. This tale of Jess's return to London after a sordid heartbreak is the first in Lydon's London Series. We get to watch Jess stumble through getting back to a life in London as a single thirty-something looking for love. Jess meets up with Angela, Karen and Lucy and it is a fun read to discover where her happily ever after will take her.

I had already read London Calling so I was a little hesitant to listen to the audiobook because when I do that, the narrator's performance never lives up to what I have already imagined in my head. This was not the case here. If anything, the narration just brought more life to the incredibly witty dialogue that I have come to expect from Ms. Lydon. The production quality was good and Emily Bennet did a good job of creating a robust cast.

Note to buyers: The performance and sound quality of the sample that is provided here is mediocre at best. The actual audiobook sounds much better.

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  • Sheena at The Lesbian Review
  • 27-03-18

Sweet light romance

This is a lovely light romance. I enjoyed it and recommend it for anyone who loves light, fluffy and fun

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  • Liane
  • 20-03-18

One of my favorite Clare Lydon books

I love this book so much! I'd read it previously on my Kindle, and it was just as good - if not better on audio. I started it up in the car with my wife in the passenger seat...and now, Clare Lydon officially has a new fan. If you enjoy sitcom-style humor, realistic characters and unfortunate incidents that make you cringe, I can't recommend this book highly enough!

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  • Deanna
  • 06-03-18

another home run

loved it, very entertaining with good humor definitely listening tho the remaining books in the series

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  • Mrs. NY
  • 16-05-18

Another great one from Clare Lydon!!

Good storyline and characters. It was touch and go for the main characters...lol, I just shook my head at times. I felt like this could have been a real life situation. The narrator was the absolute best, I love her voice! Overall great book, I'm starting to really enjoy this author! Highly recommended!

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  • Mari Stark
  • 13-03-18

Brilliant witty romance

I enjoy very much Clare Lydon style, her stories are always captivating, this story in particular is a very witty, funny, enjoyable romance, about all the misfortunes Jess goes through from the heartbreak moment and leaving Australia, I found very interesting how things went on as soon as she’s back home and how she felt out of tune on her return to London after being away for a while, finding a new love interest without being part of her plan, but a welcome thought at the end, and then again life turned out to be everything but boring for her, and can’t help but think how amusing it is her winding road through her brand new relationship while navigating and trying to avoid her ex-lovers that want her back, creating so many mishaps and misunderstandings between her and Lucy, but glad that at the end they found their way and happy ending. It’s a fun romance to hear. Loved the British accent, Emily Bennet does a great job with the voices, I won’t deny at first felt a little robotic but warms up nicely and ends up being fantastic, also the quality is grand.

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  • Racinglobo
  • 12-03-18

Great Listen!

I read the actual book awhile ago so, since a new book in the series is coming out I needed to refresh as I didn’t quite remember everything and I like listening to stories on my runs. I’m very glad I did as I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this book the first time around. Jess was frustrating at times with her decision making or lack there of but I loved her chemistry with Lucy l, friends and family. I liked the narrater as well. Some of my favorite books have excellent narrators but they have an American accent. Nothing against that as I’m American but it kind of throws yo off. It was nice hearing a British accent. Can’t wait to listen to the rest of the series!

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  • plgoldsmith
  • 05-03-18

Wonderful romp through romance

Despite the mishaps and missteps that the main character lives through, the guaranteed happy ending does not disappoint. Well drawn and likable characters make this story delectable and there is enough tension and mystery to keep you guessing too. Clare Lyndon writes another London romance with a bit of international travel included. Jess and her family are where we all want to be - living with love in London.

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  • Aimee
  • 28-08-20

Dull as dishwater

This book was not easy to get through. It was unremarkable in every way, which surprised me because I love most Clare Lydon books. The narrator wasn’t my favorite but I won’t hold it against her because she was honestly trying to make something from nothing. This was as bland as unseasoned chicken breast and I was honestly quite relieved when the book ended sooner than I expected it to. Literally nothing interesting or exciting happened in the entire length of this book. Skip this one and save yourself from the monotony of Basic Brenda is left broken-hearted by a woman aptly named Karen then meets Boring Brittany and falls in love.

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  • Michelle M.
  • 12-06-20

Super slow

This book was super slow. I think it was 6 hours in before we got to the first date. So many details that read more like a rigid journal than a romance story and really there was no character development. We got lots of story details but very little actual story.