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Nine Perfect Strangers

Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 19 hrs
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Summary

The eagerly anticipated new novel from the worldwide number one best-selling author behind the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning HBO series Big Little Lies

Could 10 days at a health resort really change you forever? Nine perfect strangers are about to find out.... 

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... 

Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? 

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

©2018 Liane Moriarty (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Did not like this book at all

Having read all of Liane Moriarty’s books and really enjoyed them I was very disappointed with this one. I found the characters tedious and the narrative rambling and totally unbelievable. Struggled to finish it

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Disappointing

Was really disappointed with this book as have loved every other book the author has written. The story took far too long to get going and just as it started to improve, went completely nonsensical. Generally, the whole thing was far too long. Also the narrator wasn’t great. Very slow and very nasal. Not like her normal style at al.

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Disappointingly Padded Out

It was a short story padded out with lots of back stories, it reminded me very much of Ben Elton’s “Dead Famous” although in hindsight I feel that was a better read.

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Average story - painfully slowly read

Disappointed with this after loving the husbands secret. Majority of the novel was spent setting up the characters (which I know is liane’s style) and then the climax was a bit too farcical in comparison to the rest of the novel. I also found the reader of this novel painfully slow. I listened to the whole thing at x1.5 speed as it was so slow.

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Not as good as her others

I really like Liane Moriarty, and have loved her other books but this didn’t do it for me. It may have been me, maybe not in the right head space for it, but sadly my overriding feeling when listening to this was wanting it to end! Never a good sign. It was a bit like one of those action movies when you think the whole exhausting ordeal is over, and then the protagonists get off the boat/plane/bus only to get on a hijacked train. Thought it was over several times - at one point realising still five hours to go! Sorry Liane, as I say, maybe just me!

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  • 08-10-18

Utterly brilliant! Liane Moriarty does it again!!!

This is gripping from the start. The 'nine strangers' in the title are all characters I was interested in and entertained by throughout. What I love most about L Moriarty's writing is the way she injects dark human and is so unafraid to confront us as readers with extremes. Her observations of human ridiculousness and how we differently negotiate the world and life is spot on.

Caroline Lee has narrated all Moriarty's books (that I've listened to) and she is the best narrator! I imagine her performance brings these books to life exactly how Moriarty intended. If Lee didn't narrate these books I'd miss her hugely. They are a winning team!

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Why is it being read so slowly?

I love these books and have always really enjoyed the narrator - but has she been told to slow down? It’s odd. I’ve been listening at 1.25 speed to get a bit more energy! I’ve only just started so I’m hoping it gets a bit more sparky!

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Boring

I listened to this all the way THROUGH, waiting for something to HAPPEN. it doesn't 😐

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A long drag...

Far too slow. Narration and storyline. A few funny moments make it almost bearable. skipped at least 15 chapters

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Very disappointing

I’ve really enjoyed her other books but this one was a huge disappointment - I find it hard to believe it was by the same author. Her other books are hugely entertaining, if not great literature - this was almost offensively silly. Following other reviewers’ advice, I listened at 1.25 speed, which was much better, but it was still a terrible waste of time and money.

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  • Sharon Biran
  • 04-11-18

Don't

I liked her previous books and if you did too I strongly recommend you avoid this one. It got one star because chapters 60 to 80 are are a nice llisten. But getting there was toooooo long and soooooo boring... However, it did help me fall asleep, hence an extra star...

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  • Ally
  • 05-02-19

Not my favourite

I'm a huge Liane Moriarty but I didn't enjoy this book as much as her others.

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  • Judith S.
  • 20-11-19

unprecedented disturbing narration

struggled not to stop. the narrator took over aggressively & ruined the story. i do not feel that i can rate the story

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  • kayanna
  • 30-10-19

So disappointing, and I’m usually a big fan

If you’ve just discovered this author, don’t start with this book 🙈, she has written so many better stories! (I recommend The Husbands secret)
A very naive rushed attempt at quite a whacky story line. I’d already read ‘Stealing Fire’ (non fiction), so was well aware of micro dosing and it’s various uses. I found this book silly and poorly researched.
The one thing I love most about Liane’s books are her characters and I felt by the end of the book, I handed bonded with any of them.
This would pass as a bit of light hearted pool side trash but I still think you can find better things to read.
I’m truly hoping she was on a deadline to rush this out and this isn’t her new form. The narration however, is excellent as always.

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  • Elena
  • 13-06-19

I truly hated this book

I think Liane Moriarty is a great writer but this book is so boring and so long. With expectations high, this story was disappointing. I really wanted to know the end so I kept going but I only enjoyed the last 4 chapters. I also love Caroline Lee readings but this time... the russian accent was too much.

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  • Annie
  • 06-06-19

Amazing twist!

Liane Moriarty is a true artist. She has the ability to draw you in and keep you entertained until the last page! I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-19

Just didn’t grab me

I’m normally a big fan of Liane Moriarty but this didn’t grab me at all

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  • PAULA
  • 14-03-19

Love Liane Moriarty

As much as I love her books I didn’t feel this had the authenticity of the others I have read. I didn’t feel as engaged in the characters (maybe there were too many for me) and I missed the great descriptions of the northern beaches!
Having said all that it was a fun easy read and I’ll still be listening to the next one Liane writes.

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  • Jannike
  • 13-03-19

Remarkable

During the first five minutes of listening to this I thought: Nah...I can't stand this reader...
And then she captured me, absolutely engulfed me by her ironic, sarcastic and treacherously nice and innocent tone. Wonderful!

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  • Noemi Durżyńska
  • 18-02-19

Amazing book

Amazing character study, love them all 👌 but maSha especially, she'. Complex personality. Really good to listen before sleep, voice is calming🌙